Wednesday, February 12, 2014

REVIEW: 1,000 Character Writing Prompts

1,000 Character Writing Prompts
By: Bryan Cohen

Genre: How-To, Writing
Publication date: 1.2.2013
Pages: 301
Amazon link: 1,000 Character Writing Prompts  

Date read: 2.11.2014
Recommended by: Read 2 Review

Summary: If character development is your problem, this detailed reference tool for any writer is the solution. Imagine if every time you sat down to brainstorm for your stories, scripts and more, you had a notebook full of character ideas ready to spring to life on the page. This time-saving, idea-generating tome can ensure that from protagonist to checkout girl, your characters are fully developed and captivating. Covering a variety of genres, time periods and styles, 1,000 Character Writing Prompts, adds nuance and depth to the typical character stereotypes many writers rely on.  

My thoughts

Bryan Cohen is "known" for his creative writing prompts.  He has several books (with similar covers to this one) on the market that give you those writing prompts to help you with creativity, to help you get your imagination going.  They are a useful tool for people who write, for creative writing classes and for people who journal.  If you do a Google or Bing search online for "writing prompts," what you will see are many websites set up to give you just the kind of things you will see in this book - story ideas, character ideas, leading questions - all things for you to elaborate on, for you to put a lot of thought into - things that help very much with the freewriting and journaling process.

I have worked for a long time with schoolaged children to help them be better writers and even encouraged them to write on their own and to keep a journal.  I wish that his books had been around when I originally started this because his are far better than the ones that I found on the internet.  Reading through these, I found myself thinking about the "writing prompts" and coming up with stories and ideas in my head.  That is what "writing prompts" are for.

The prompts in this book would work really well with middle school children, high school children and even adults.  A lot of them could be adapted to use with older elementary school children.  I know that I will definitely be using this book (just like the other two that I have read) with my kiddo-os.

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