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101 Writing Prompts for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers, vol. 1 Kindle Edition

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Laura Grant has been working as a freelance writer, editor and photographer for over a decade. She lives in California with a really cool dude and two needy cats.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 119 KB
  • Print Length: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Desk & Chair (31 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087WOHNO
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This book I recomend to writers when they have writers block, one problem though, not enough prompts, this book is great and I have used it again and again.
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Not a bad little book. Definitely some spark-inducing stuff in there! The prompts range from a simple definition of an unusual word, to a scenario for you to import your characters into. If you're stuck, grab this book, use a random number generator and have some fun with it to free up the creative flow again.
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Bought this with a scifi story in mind. Only dipped in, but what I've read so far will do me.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa549e18c) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
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HASH(0x9f355cd8) out of 5 stars Unimpressed... 27 Nov. 2012
By Stefanie Hutson - Published on Amazon.com
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I've purchased quite a few writing prompt books on Amazon, and this is the only one where I had strong enough feelings that I felt like I really needed to leave a review.

If you only looked at the free preview section, you'd think the prompts were going to be pretty good. The 2-3 reviews that show up in the preview are fairly long and thought-out. However, once you get the book, you realize that most of the prompts are shorter, and some are nothing more than a word and its dictionary definition. If dictionary words are writing prompts, you might as well just grab your dictionary - because at 100k+ words in a standard dictionary, you'll get a much better value there. Also, this book was a little bit cheesy. If you don't like sci-fi/fantasy stuff that's a little on the cheesy side, you won't like this book.

There were a few decent prompts in this book, but overall, it's not worth the purchase. There are at least half a dozen better prompt books on Amazon, and even the ones that aren't sci-fi specific have tons of topics that could very easily apply to science fiction or fantasy.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f4b7eac) out of 5 stars Strong "genre" feel, quality drops off after the free sample 17 Dec. 2012
By David Iczer - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with the reviewer who said quality drops off a bit after the free sample portion of the book. The first few are pretty good, but later in the book you find dictionary definitions and even prompts like "write the last prompt from the captain's perspective". It felt like padding to hit the total of 101.

The prompts also felt very genre-y. Obviously, this is a book for science fiction and fantasy, but good stories transcend their genre. I would have liked to see more prompts that proposed situations and discussed possible ramifications and things to think about in terms of how characters would be affected by different types of scenarios. That wasn't a terribly clear sentence, but hopefully you can tell what I mean. It's hard to describe, but I just didn't feel like this book stimulated my creative thinking as much as some others do. It wasn't bad, exactly, but I felt like it was a little below average and I wanted to offer my perspective to counter some of the wildly positive reviews, as that just wasn't my experience with the book.
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HASH(0x9f942828) out of 5 stars When do we get Volume 2? 1 July 2012
By Dolly Dolly Oxen Free - Published on Amazon.com
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101 Writing Prompts for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers, Vol. 1 is a constant on my kindle shelf. The prompts are wonderful seeds of creativity filled with descriptions, definitions and challenges that welcome both younger writers who are just beginning their journey into fiction and older writers who need an idea boost. It is easy to picture the scene each short paragraph suggestion paints but the possibilities are wide open. The first prompt I sat with spawned an idea immediately! I have developed several short stories based off the challenges in this book already. When I find myself hitting a wall in my plot development, I challenge myself to a couple more prompts to fuel the fire then return to my story. I will even admit to utlizing several prompts for one story! I love this book and look forward to sharing it with several writers I know, both young and...less young. (So when do we get volume 2?)
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HASH(0x9f0c2a0c) out of 5 stars Excellent resource 5 Nov. 2012
By margaret - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. Like most writing prompt books, what you get out of it depends entirely on what you put into it (ie- you have to be willing to do the exercises), but if you are willing to work, the results are brilliant. The book offers a variety of different prompts to appeal to writers of every style. I found it especially beneficial to do the prompts from the perspective of the characters I am creating for other stories. Sure, my scifi heroine might not ever battle a vampire, but by putting her in that situation (just for fun) and seeing how she responds, I learned a lot about her. It really helped me flush out things about her character and her motivations that I might never have discovered if I had left her in 'her world'. I strongly recommend this book to writers who are looking to write scifi, or for writers who just want to flex those muscles and see where it takes them.
HASH(0x9f380870) out of 5 stars I,m just not a plot-oriented writer. I want to be. hey, you only get three copies of the magazine if someone accepts your poem 21 Jun. 2014
By diann dunkley - Published on Amazon.com
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Poem for publication. It's a good book though for someone who can dream up characters and plots with a twist or turn that draws people in. I just don't think like that but do appreciate a good fantasy or sci-fi yarn. My favorite writing is philosophical and/or surrealistic. So is my favorite reading.
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