Writing Character (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: 9781419738326 Category:

San Francisco Writers' Grotto


Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Writing Character begins with an essay by author and educator Constance Hale, who offer pointers for observing and capturing human complexity. The rest of the book consists of prompts and space to write, providing opportunities for you to develop your own characters.

Among other ideas, you’ll be asked to create:
– a sketch of a famous person you admire ?
– a portrait of someone based on the items on his desk ?
– a positive take on someone you loathe ?
– a description of your mother’s emotions as they are expressed by her eyes
– a scene involving a group of people, focusing exclusively on how they use their hands ?

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 217 g
Dimensions 13.2 x 20.3 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 10 September 2019
Number of pages 96
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Foreword by Constance Hale
Dimensions 13.2 x 20.3 cm
Weight 217 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. Constance Hale is best known for her books on writing: Sin and Syntax and Vex, Hex, Smash,
Smooch. She has taught at Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley.