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"For anyone who ever finds themselves struggling for inspiration for a writing project, 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts could be a valuable - and reasonably priced - investment." --Nick Daws,

From the Author

Writing this book was an amazing experience, but that wasn't half as amazing as the response I've gotten from readers about it. I've received some fantastic e-mails from readers who have used the prompts for assignments at school, projects at work and just in their own short stories and novels. Since the first day I published the book, it has been a wild ride.

1,000 Creative Writing Prompts was my first book and you never forget your firsts. First sale, first comment from a reader, first review and for the first time I truly felt like a legitimate author.

I set out to write a book that would inspire thousands of people to write and share the stories they had inside. I didn't expect that one of those people would be me.

Since writing the book, I've written several books about writing, attempting to motivate as many people as possible to get past their mental blocks and become part-time or full-time writers. I'm proud of my work on this subject and I hope that you find it helpful and interesting.

Thanks for reading, now get to writing!

Bryan Cohen
Author of 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts

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  • File Size: 321 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Publication Date: August 31, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044DEL7C
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Bryan Cohen is the author of Ted Saves the World, the first book in a new YA sci-fi/fantasy series, and a collection of creative writing prompts books. His books have sold over 40,000 copies.

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Ted Finley will RETURN in book #5 of the series in October 2015.

Keep an eye out for a PREQUEL to Ted Saves the World in July 2015.

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Bryan's writing has appeared on over 100 blogs, including The Creative Penn, Helping Writers Become Authors, and

Bryan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2013, Bryan appeared on an episode of the nationally televised "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." He did just fine.

Bryan lives with his wife and their Netflix account in Chicago.

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Gainer on November 22, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
If you like writing, at all, whether it's just for you, for practice, or for an audience, you need to take a gander at this. The title is no joke. There really are 1000 writing prompts, and they aren't lame. Bryan did a fan-freaking-tastic job of pulling these together. You don't have to have major publishing goals to benefit from this collection of prompts, you just have to like to write.

The prompts are sorted by category or topic, and there's an index at the front to help you. Be sure to read the intro material, too.

The particularly great thing about these prompts is that they are a mix of fiction and nonfiction ideas. Some ask you to draw on memories. Some ask you to imagine yourself in new situations. Some are kind of out in left field and have nothing to do with you at all, which is useful for any writer who wants to grow.

I'll be honest - I didn't read every single prompt. Is it safe for your 9 year old homeschooling cousin who can't leave his typewriter alone? I don't know, but you could ask Bryan. A lot of the prompts would be good for younger writers, though.

Is this book full of ideas to get you started when your mind is completely blank? Absolutely. Writer's blog will be a thing of the past.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Deb Gallardo on October 19, 2010
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Story inspiration can come from many places, but there are days when it's down-right impossible to find one good idea. When it comes to non-fiction writing, such as for my writers' blog, I've been known to hit bedrock at the bottom of the idea well.

That is, until today.

I received a review copy of Bryan Cohen's "1,000 Creative Writing Prompts" a few weeks ago, and I must admit I didn't have very high expectations. Regular readers of my blog know I'm not a big fan of writing prompts. Most of them are isolated exercises that, like free-writing, are designed to "prime the pump." Such exercises feel wasteful of my creative energy. I want to be able to use what I write, and that isn't always possible with the average story prompt.

Cohen's introduction immediately dispelled my doubts. It is well-written and lays the foundation for how to use his story idea questions effectively. (Very practical!) I personally found this instructive, and I've been at this for a lot of years! But I'm getting ahead of myself.

When I set out to review "1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More," instead of reading every word in this 100-page volume, I did what I expect an average reader would do -- devour the introduction and skim through the prompts until a category, sub-category, or individual prompt caught my interest.

My evaluation: Bryan Cohen's prompts are pure genius in their construction.

Please don't misunderstand. I don't mean that I liked ALL the prompts. There were many I didn't care for, but that will be true for anyone. There were subcategories, for example, that rubbed me the wrong way. Such reactions, however, should not rule out using those prompts.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ilse on December 8, 2010
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I didn't get very far in this book and I just had to stop reading...and get writing! There seems to be a prompt to fit just about any mood, or lack of writing mood, as the case most likely is. But in my opinion you don't have to have writer's block to get some use out of this book. The prompts are wonderful as free writing exercises. Just pick one each day and your warm up exercise will be an enjoyable lesson that will strengthen your skills.

The book goes into nice detail on how to make the best use of the material presented - a big thumbs up from me.
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Anyone who claims that words and ideas simply flow from one's pen anytime they sit down to write is simply deluding themselves. Perhaps spinning a yarn to let others think they can write with ease when in reality inspiration is sometimes a hard thing to come by. In this book, in an effort to help writers avoid "dreaded writer's block" Bryan Cohen has come up with 1,000 prompts that might just move things along a bit. Where I see the most value in this book is for the many bloggers who need inspiration on a daily basis. Just what can I put on that blog today?

Cohen claims his "prompts are attempts to jog your memory and use your brain for all it's worth." No, he's not going to write for you, but rather encourages you to dig down deep into your memories and get those creative juices flowing. The author starts off on a positive note affirming the fact that each person, no matter what his or her attempt, is a writer. You don't think you are one? Well, not so. You need to "Write. Just write. Write as much as you can as often as you can."

If you want to be a writer put your remote aside and begin. Cohen sets many of these prompts up in the "form of a scenario with a question" and suggests you "run with an idea until you can't think of anything else and then try another one." No, this type of book is not for everyone, but rather I see it as a way to begin to write. Eventually you'll find your own voice and won't have to use prompts, but this is a good way to start. And yes, you do need to write every day, even if it is only a sentence or two. Discipline is part of the key to success as you envision if for yourself.

A few random examples:

"Craft a poem about a dog jumping into a swimming pool to keep cool.
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