Writing Action (Lit Starts)

A Book of Writing Prompts


A fill-in book from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, authors of the best-selling 642 Things series.


ISBN: 9781419738302 Category:

San Francisco Writers' Grotto


Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Writing Action kicks off with a foreword by an award-winning author and journalist Bonnie Tsui, who offers pointers for creating page-turning prose. The rest of the book consists of prompts and space to write, providing opportunities to explore how both high-stakes and low-key moments can be action-packed.

Among other ideas, you’ll be asked to write an account of:
– a highly competitive game of hopscotch
– an orange being peeled as if it were the last one on earth
– a car ride with an overly confident student driver
– a meal prepared by a cook who is really depressed
– the step-by-step process of opening a long-awaited piece of mail

Perfectly sized to take to a café, on vacation, or on your morning commute, this book is designed for practicing your creative writing a little bit at a time.

Additional information

Weight 220 g
Dimensions 17.9 x 23.8 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 10 September 2019
Number of pages 96
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Foreword by Bonnie Tsui
Dimensions 17.9 x 23.8 cm
Weight 220 g


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The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto is a community of writers that was founded in 1994. It now has more than 100 members who share workspace and teach classes in downtown San Francisco. Bonnie Tsui is a longtime contributor to the New York Times and the author of the award-winning American Chinatown.