A book full of writing prompts? Sign me up: a taste (or six) of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

As you all well know, I’m a big fan of writing prompts. For me, they help to quiet the creative chaos and scattered minutiae of potential writing fodder in my brain, and funnel all those microscopic motes into one, cohesive mass from which I can draw from. (I recently finished up an ongoing prompt series, which you can find here: Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 15)


This here little gem is a treasure trove of creative nudges; after just flipping through it for about 12 seconds, I realized that I had in my hand a motherlode of writing prompt gold (okay, enough with the mining allegory). From the back cover: “892 Opening Lines is an astoundingly varied collection of fictional first sentences that will spark a writer’s creativity…there is an opening sentence in here for everyone, from spy thrillers to bodice rippers and dystopian fantasies. Also included…are inspiring quotations from successful authors all too familiar with the highs and lows of getting words on the page.”

Without revealing too much (I’ll only post the prompts included in the back cover copy), I’m going to share six of these prompts with you over the next few weeks, and I’d love to see what you do with them.

Here’s the first one:

Kermit Middleton sat alone in a bubbling hot tub with a wet cigar and a half-drunk bottle of cheap champagne.

Now…go write something!