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Craft Book Spotlight: The Jottery

This prompt-packed book is sure to banish even the worst case of writer's block.

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Feeling a little stuck lately? This week’s spotlight might help.

The Jottery: Thought Experiments for Everyday Philosophers and Part-Time Geniuses contains hundreds of writing prompts and exercises to get the words – and your creative process – flowing.

“If you use this book properly, or even improperly, you should end up with a bunch of possibly good, potentially useful, conceivably profitable, maybe illuminating, and hopefully amusing. There is also a chance you’ll come up with nothing, and experience a beautiful idealessness that would be the envy of Zen monks everywhere. Also a win,” writes author and former The Onion staff writer Andy Selsberg in the premise.

A few sample prompts that you’ll find in The Jottery include:

  • What are the top slang terms used in hell?
  • Your goal is to attain the nickname “Hometown Fun Machine.” What are six things you do, or avoid doing, to accomplish this?
  • List a handful of elevator tension-breakers, and a handful of elevator tension-makers.
  • Just what is it about that night that compels and haunts and drives you, all these years later?

If you’re about to make a New Year’s resolution to write more in 2019 but don’t have a specific project in mind, we can’t think of a better book to get you started.

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