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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Sunday Scribblings #7: "The books I would write..."

Complete this sentence: "The books I would write..."

Notice it isn't "the books I WILL write." That would be too much pressure. No, this is a daydreaming exercise, pure and simple: Ask yourself, if you were to write books, what kind of books would they be? What genre, and what would they look like, and how would they make people feel? Is there a particular kind of character you would explore, or a world, or a period in history? You don't have to unfold any plots here, but you can if you want. Even if you have no ambition to write books, play along.

For me, this is a fun stress-free brainstorming exercise. I dreamily imagine I'm a hardworking & productive writer, and then I ponder what sorts of books I'll one day write. It's a way of coming at creativity sideways, and it's always fun. But then, I'm a massive daydreamer so it's just my cup of tea. I'm betting you're all massive daydreamers too. So have daydreamy fun!

As a special added challenge for the intrepid: write the first paragraph of your first imaginary book!

When you've written, leave a comment here with the PERMALINK to your post, and we'll link it up. (We're working on getting automatic linking now that there are so many participants - yay! - but for now we're doing the links by hand so make it easy for us by listing your permalink clearly in your comment. Thanks!!!)

1. the bold soul
2. laini
3. carolb
4. ali la loca
5. megg
6. ink on my fingers
7. paris parfait
8. susanlavonne
9. alexia
10. javacurls
11. jennifer (she said)
12. bb
13. jennifer (life's snapshots)
14. patry francis
15. melissa
16. diana
17. in otter space
18. cee
19. cheripop
20. michael
21. catherine
22. lucky candice
23. nutster
24. rebecca
25. kathryn
26. tongue in cheek antiques
27. liz elayne
28. melissa
29. chest of drawers
30. kristy
31. c delia scarpitti
32. maggie
33. hundred and one
34. boliyou
35. susan
36. eeekat
37. a*pril
38. amber
39. brittany
40. brad
41. ian russell
42. melba
43. caroline
44. kate
45. yummyteece
46. nichole
47. marilyn
48. deirdre
49. la yen
50. kerstin
51. ang
52. tinker
53. lunar musings
54. chelle
55. geosomin
56. hobess
57. justjohanna
58. rebekah
59. kristine
60. tara dawn
61. joy eliz
62. m
63. leah k in india
64. mardougrrl
65. john tran
66. little miss flora
67. the scarlet I
68. gk girl
69. lindsey
70. becca
71. verity
72. k
73. yak attack
74. papyrus

89 Comments:

Blogger frenchy said...

I had been waiting for the past few days, telling myself "alright, this time I'll try to post something at Sunday Scribblings!", and I was so excited when I saw that the new theme was up...
However, no matter how hard I try, nothing comes up! This is really NOT as easy as it seems!
All I know though is that I wish I had written "Life: A User's manual" by Georges Perec.
I'll wait another week and in the meantime enjoy other people's wonderful texts!

The above paragraph could actually be that 1st paragraph of a book I would write about "my Sunday Scribblings"...

1:57 AM  
Anonymous The Bold Soul said...

Count me in again! My Scribblings link is attached to my name. Thanks for another fabulous bit of writing inspiration this week - I just spent a week doing commerical writing for my clients and it was a welcome change in my day to write creatively for myself!

8:36 AM  
Anonymous The Bold Soul said...

Hmmm, not sure my link worked the first time. Here it is again and feel free to delete this comment after you get the link.
http://theboldsoul.lisataylorhuff.com/the_bold_soul/2006/05/the_books_i_wou.html

8:38 AM  
Blogger carolb said...

Here's my post ~ http://www.carolbrowne.com/index.php?itemid=784

Thanks! That was a good prompt!

7:34 PM  
Blogger Ali la Loca said...

Here is my contribution about the book I would write about my year as an exchange student in southern Brazil.

http://ali2africa.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings-books-i-would-write.html

1:29 AM  
Blogger paris parfait said...

Mine's up:
http://parisparfait.com/paris_
parfait/2006/05/explorers_and_a.
html

Thank you!

4:07 AM  
Blogger Susannah said...

Here's my offering this week:

http://inkonmyfingers.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings-book-i-would-write.html

Sx

4:12 AM  
Blogger susanlavonne said...

early for a change :-)

http://soozphotoz.typepad.com/soozphotoz/2006/05/sunday_scribbli_1.html#comments

5:51 AM  
Anonymous Alexia said...

I think I fixed my safari problem... :)

http://waitcomeback.com/wordpress/archives/2006/05/the-books-i-would-write/

7:03 AM  
Anonymous JavaCurls said...

This was really fun! Thanks again for the inspiration!

Here's mine:
http://girlwithjavacurls.typepad.com/somewhere_in_the_middle/2006/05/the_book_i_woul.html

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer (she said) said...

here you go:

http://jenniferwells.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/05/the_book_i_woul.html

Jennifer (she said)

9:25 AM  
Blogger bb said...

Mine's up too!

http://becomingamethyst.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings-books-i-would.html

bb x

10:18 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

http://lifessnapshots.blogspot.com/2006/05/books-i-would-write.html

11:04 AM  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

http://simplywait.blogspot.com/

My first time!

11:16 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

http://growingwhereplanted.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings-books-i-would-write.html

Mine's up!

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

My first time!

The books inside me

12:55 PM  
Blogger In Otter Space said...

http://inotterspace.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings-7-books-i-would.html

I'm back!!

Thanks. This was fun!

Lisa

1:46 PM  
Blogger Cee said...

Here's the permalink - thanks for the great prompt!

http://wordsandthings.blogspot.com/2006/
05/sunday-scribblings-books-i-would-
write.html

3:34 PM  
Blogger cheripop said...

http://cheripop.blogspot.com/2006/05/books-i-would-write.html

5:44 PM  
Anonymous michael said...

http://www.dreamsinhishead.com/2006/05/13/the-books-i-would-write/

7:33 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

So many here already - isn't it still Saturday in the US? Anyway, here's mine:
http://poetrychook.blogspot.com/2006/05/guilty-pleasures-and-sunday.html
It's my first time taking part, I had fun doing this

9:02 PM  
Blogger Lucky Candice said...

Here's mine! Thanks so much!

http://luckycandice.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings-books-i-would-write.html

lucky candice

9:38 PM  
Blogger NuttersNotes said...

Thanks for the opportunity.....it's funny the directions these things take. I fully intended on staying on topic.... but then wandered off into why I am NOT going to write a book! Oh well...that is what this creative thing is all about, right?

9:39 PM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

These prompts get me thinking in ways that always surprise me...in a good way.
Thank you Laini and Meg for all that you are doing to make Sunday Scribblings such a success!!

Here is my link: http://bepresentbehere.blogspot.com/2006/05/i-would-write-sunday-scribblings.html

10:53 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I love this!

http://reebeckisupergirl.blogspot.com/2006/05/books-i-would-write.html

11:02 PM  
Blogger ~Kathryn~ said...

I'm a Sunday Scribber virgin ...
here's my first attempt

http://uplatette.blogspot.com/

11:22 PM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Here is the story that would be:
http://willows95988.typepad.com/tongue_cheek/

Thank you for such a creative exercise!

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Here's mine for this week!

http://lubles.typepad.com/blog/2006/05/sunday_scribbli_1.html

4:59 AM  
Blogger chest of drawers said...

Finished!

5:07 AM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Ah, what the hell...I'll bite:

http://bivo.blogspot.com/2006/05/books-i-would-write.html

5:55 AM  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

My post is up for this week...thanks for the challenge!

http://www.cdeliascarpitti.blogspot.com/2006/05/if-if-i-could-be-shakespeare-i-would.html

6:11 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Mine's up...thanks for this one!

http://maggiepearl.blogspot.com/2006/05/books-i-would-writesunday-scribblings.html

6:52 AM  
Anonymous hundred and one said...

Mine is up - finally. I found this very, very tough!

http://hundredandonethings.blogspot.com/2006/05/books-i-would-write_14.html

7:34 AM  
Blogger boliyou said...

It took me a while to get started, but once I got started, I couldn't stop!

http://boliyou.blogspot.com/2006/05/books-i-would-write.html

7:47 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Just found this! Here's my entry:

http://www.susinok.com/?p=151

Susan

7:47 AM  
Blogger ESB said...

Hi--I just posted!

http://shesapieceofwork.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings-book-i-would-write.html

8:03 AM  
Blogger a•pril said...

Another great prompt leading to more great memories. Thanks! http://ihearttoblogblog.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings-books-id-write.html

8:51 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

Mine may be a little strange, but it's just what came out.
Thanks for starting this little writter's group. It has been fun. ;)


http://believingsoul.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribble-books-i-would-write.html

9:15 AM  
Blogger Ali la Loca said...

I've already posted my contribution, but I was wondering where I can get the script for the lovely Sunday Scribblings button to add as a link to my blog.

Thanks!
Ali

9:22 AM  
Blogger brittany said...

done!
an interesting excersize! Here's my link:http://brittsoucy.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings-books-i-would-write.html

10:29 AM  
Blogger Brad said...

Blogg'n friends.

Please pardon the shameless mothers day plug in this weeks posting.

http://we-is.blogspot.com/

thanks
Brad

10:33 AM  
Blogger ian russell said...

but i'm not a writer! i just like scribbling... :o0

i had to limber up the old imagination on this one. thanks again. :o)

http://livingwithmrfleas.blogspot.com/2006/05/two-hundred-words-sunday_14.html

10:45 AM  
Blogger melba said...

Hi. Just posted my SS! Have a great day!

www.bealivebelievebeyou.com/believe/2006/05/what_worked_for.html

-Melba

11:39 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Here's mine - thanks!

http://caroslines.blogspot.com/2006/05/books-i-would-write.html

12:33 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Great topic, maybe this will getting us all writing our books, here is my post,

http://fromthetipofmyfingers.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings-books-i-would-write.html

12:46 PM  
Blogger Yummyteece said...

OH joy... i finally found you (I'd seen some blogs that mentioned sunday scribblings before, but didn't find this page until today... how lucky that's sunday, and the topic spoke to me so).

http://yummyteece.blogspot.com

12:51 PM  
Blogger Yummyteece said...

OOops.. sorry.. here's the link to the specific post.


http://yummyteece.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings-books-i-would-write.html

12:52 PM  
Blogger Nichole said...

Hello! Here's my scribble:

http://www.esmon.net/2006/05/books-i-would-write.html

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

Mine's up:

http://marilyn.typepad.com/california_fever/2006/05/what_sort_of_bo.html

1:40 PM  
Blogger ian russell said...

melba's link doesn't work!

you've put in some extra bits at the front of the url. :o)

4:12 PM  
Blogger ian russell said...

ditto brittany's! i sound like a right pain, don't i. hey, maybe it's me pc... oops!

4:15 PM  
Blogger deirdre said...

This was a good prompt. But then, they all are. Here's my writing.

http://www.writinganamcara.blogspot.com/2006/05/the-books-I-would-write.html

7:19 PM  
Blogger La Yen said...

Thanks for the inspiration again!
Jen

http://galanapalooza.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings-at-end-of-long-road.html

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Kerstin said...

Hello! Here is mine:

http://www.gipsylife.com/2006/05/books-i-would-write.html

9:10 PM  
Blogger Ang said...

This is my first posting for Sunday Scribblings. It can be found at

http://ang4him.blogspot.com/2006/05/books-i-would-write.html

10:39 PM  
Anonymous tinker said...

Finally posted!
http://tinkerart.typepad.com/tinker_art/2006/05/sundayscribbli-1.html#more

Thanks for another great topic!

1:43 AM  
Blogger Joy Eliz said...

Here I am...
Joy Eliz

4:58 AM  
Anonymous Lunarmusings said...

http://lunarmusings.typepad.com/lunarmusings/2006/05/sunday_scribbli_1.html

here I am!
e

6:18 AM  
Blogger Chelle Y. said...

Mine is up now. chellezworld.blogspot.com

7:23 AM  
Blogger Geosomin said...

Here's my 2 cents...

http://supposedgoldenpath.blogspot.com/2006/05/books-i-would-write-sunday-scribblings.html

8:15 AM  
Blogger HoBess said...

I think I'm on my way to figuring out this permalink thing. See how this goes:

http://booandbunny.blogspot.com/2006_05_15_booandbunny_archive.html

8:27 AM  
Blogger justjohanna said...

here's mine...

http://justjohanna.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings-7-books-i-would.html

9:10 AM  
Blogger Living Part Deux said...

Late, late. I'm so late. But I did do the exercise - and cried a little while doing it - so I might as well let you know, right? Here it is:

http://rebekahsmusings.blogspot.com/

10:05 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Here's mine -
http://kmays.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribble-books-i-would-write.html

10:17 AM  
Blogger tara dawn said...

http://taradawn80.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings-books-i-would-write.html

There ya go! Thanks again for a thought provoking prompt!
-Tara Dawn

12:24 PM  
Blogger Living Part Deux said...

Sorry, I didn't leave you the full address to this post. It is:

http://rebekahsmusings.blogspot.com/2006/05/books-i-would-write.html

Thanks,

Rebekah

12:52 PM  
Blogger Joy Eliz said...

Here's my permalink...

http://joyelizpierce.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings.html

I need to slow down today and actually think about what I'm typing...

Sorry!

1:23 PM  
Blogger M said...

Here's my link for this week! Loved this prompt!!

http://creativestumblings.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings_15.html

1:59 PM  
Blogger Leah Kadwell said...

This was fun ... I hope it really comes true some day!

http://leahkadwell.livejournal.com/25705.html

8:12 PM  
Blogger Mardougrrl said...

Late, as usual.

http://onehandtyping.blogspot.com/2006/05/sundaymonday-scribblings-books-i-would.html

9:49 PM  
Blogger John Tran said...

Sometimes late, but never never...

http://jetism.blogspot.com/2006/05/books-i-would-write.html

John.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous littlemissflora said...

http://www.xanga.com/littlemissflora/485227708/the-books-i-would-write.html

12:21 PM  
Blogger The Scarlet L said...

http://scarletl.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings.html

12:52 PM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

i am late
but
here i am!
heh.

great pick this time...
i loved this prompt!

http://creativitypromptedme.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblings-seven.html

6:26 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

http://jroon.com/words/2006/05/books-i-would-write.html

6:48 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

My Sunday Scribbling had to wait until Tuesday, because I was traveling in Washington DC with almost 100 teenagers! Still, I wanted to add my two cents to this week's topic. In only three weeks, I have become addicted to your site. Keep up the great inspiration!

Here's my link...
http://beccasbyline.blogspot.com

7:19 PM  
Blogger Verity said...

Here's mine...

http://veritywrites.blogspot.com/2006/05/books-i-would-write-for-sunday.html

a lot of soul searching for this topic!

9:24 AM  
Blogger K said...

Mine's at http://blingley.blogspot.com/2006/05/sunday-scribblingsthe-books-you-would.html

cheers!
K

10:26 AM  
Anonymous yakattack said...

Great exercise -- I really enjoyed it. I know this is late, but I was just so busy this week! Thanks for Sunday Scribblings!!!

6:23 PM  
Blogger papyrus said...

Hi folks, I'm new around here and this is my first offering for you. I hope you enjoy it and I'd be interested to know what you think.
Here's the link: http://my-thoughts-for-a-penny.blogspot.com/2006/05/books-i-would-write_19.html

12:46 AM  
Blogger me said...

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12:19 PM  
Blogger me said...

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12:28 PM  
Blogger me said...

http://grannyflo.blogspot.com/

12:34 PM  
Blogger TJ said...

Here is mine...a tabletop book of photo render each with a title and quote of personal character as I photography them.
The tabletop book I am pulling together. A legacy I can leave for the grandchildren.
TJ
http://havenstory.blogspot.com/

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Zandria said...

I'm submitting this post way after the fact, but I liked the subject and wanted to participate anyway! :)

http://www.zandria.us/archives/000842.html

11:13 AM  
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Very nice! I like it. motorcycle trikes

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5:41 PM  
OpenID roswellgray said...

Maybe I'm not exactly livin' the dream...but at least I'm dreamin' 'em!

6:00 PM  
OpenID roswellgray said...

Oops. Here's the link to that post
http://roswellgray.livejournal.com/187032.html

6:01 PM  

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