Those words were written by Po Bronson, a member of the writers' group who put this book together. The beginning of the actual "content" of the book, however, begins with something even stranger:"What can happen in a second" (No, there's no period at the end of that fragment.)
I'm a writer, and books like this intrigue me. Here's the book information so you can begin to make sense of what I'm saying.642 Things To Write About ~ by the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, 2011
This collection of 642 outrageous and witty writing prompts will get the creative juices flowing in no time. From crafting your own obituary to penning an ode to an onion, each page of this playful journal invites inspiration and provides plenty of space to write. Brimming with entertaining exercises from the literary minds of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, this is the ultimate gift for scribes of every stripe.Here's one of the 642 prompts. I'll even write about the subject, inviting you to leave something similar in the comments.
"Five things you see out the nearest window."I can think of two ways to respond. Here are some of the activities I notice:
1. I see a mother skipping down the sidewalk with her young child.Another response is to describe the scenery:
2. I see a rabbit hop across the driveway of the preschool across the street.
3. I see a bird resting on a telephone wire watching the same scene I'm watching.
4. I see someone trying to parallel park on the street, leaving the car with one wheel on the grass.
5. I see a man coming from the other direction, walking his frisky little dog.
1. I see other apartment buildings, but none as tall as my 10-story building.I could write a story, which is the whole point of this exercise, I presume. I could have the mother and child encounter the man with his little dog. Or have the person parking stumble upon leaving the car, maybe dropping an armful of papers (nope, that's isn't what I saw). I could imagine the child noticing the bird or the bunny rabbit. Or I could develop a whole plot, with people coming and going from the apartments I see, interacting with each other.
2. I see my car in the parking lot below my sixth floor window.
3. I see a preschool, with its parking lot in front and its playground behind a tall fence out back.
4. I see Walgreens on the corner, with its parking lot half full of cars.
5. I see trees beginning to bud too early because it's supposed to snow tomorrow.
What do you see out a window?
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