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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Writer's block is inevitable at some, or several, stages of an author's career. Sharing ideas isn't commonplace out of fear that it might find its way into another person's work. For those who need a bit of inspiration, Jan Power emerges and comes to the rescue with the book 1000 Fantasy Writing Prompts: Story Starters and Writing Exercises for the Creative Author. There are no frills with the compilation and Power cuts straight to the chase in delivering a wide range of prompts that vary widely. There are a mind-boggling number of genres and subgenres in fantasy fiction so while 1000 prompts may seem like overkill to non-fantasy writers, to those in the know it most certainly is not. Broken down into ten independent chapters, Power dishes up themes from action/adventure, urban, and dragon fantasy, to paranormal and horror, and all the way through to superhero, among several others.
I picked up 1000 Fantasy Writing Prompts because it looked fun and promised a diversion from the usual fare of books in my to-read stack. I am not an author, simply someone who enjoys reading so to be able to get a glimpse into the creative process through bite-sized zingers was a real treat. It is clear the Jan Power has the rare desire to inspire other writers from the deep well of her own wonderfully crafted themes. My favorites are, “My best friends were going to get themselves killed chasing things that didn’t exist,” from the Coming of Age Fantasy chapter, and “Write what happens during a group meeting for Magic Addicts Anonymous,” from the chapter Sword and Sorcery. I actually passed a few of the prompts on to my teenage daughter who is neck-deep in a creative writing course, so from the perspective of a parent and a student, Power bestows her prognostic jumpstarts on casual creatives as well as true fantasy fiction authors, be it writers who engage in flash fiction or those who are able to create full-blown epics. This is a fantastic resource that will no doubt assist all manner of writers.