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


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 Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Ali Ambrosio said...

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


1:29 AM  
Blogger paris parfait said...

Mine's up:

Thank you!

4:07 AM  
Blogger Susannah Conway said...

Here's my offering this week:



4:12 AM  
Blogger susanlavonne said...

early for a change :-)


5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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


7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was really fun! Thanks again for the inspiration!

Here's mine:

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here you go:


Jennifer (she said)

9:25 AM  
Blogger claireylove said...

Mine's up too!


bb x

10:18 AM  
Blogger Jennifer S. said...


11:04 AM  
Blogger Patry Francis said...


My first time!

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first time!

The books inside me

12:55 PM  
Blogger Otter said...


I'm back!!

Thanks. This was fun!


1:46 PM  
Blogger Cee said...

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


3:34 PM  
Blogger cheripop said...


5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:33 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

So many here already - isn't it still Saturday in the US? Anyway, here's mine:
It's my first time taking part, I had fun doing this

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's mine! Thanks so much!


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 lamoreux 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 Mongrain said...

I love this!


11:02 PM  
Blogger ~Kathryn~ said...

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


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

Here is the story that would be:

Thank you for such a creative exercise!

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's mine for this week!


4:59 AM  
Blogger Claudia said...


5:07 AM  
Blogger Kristy said...

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


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

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


6:11 AM  
Blogger Maggie May said...

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


6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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


7:34 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

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


7:47 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Just found this! Here's my entry:



7:47 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. ;)


9:15 AM  
Blogger Ali Ambrosio 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.


9:22 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

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.



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)


10:45 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Here's mine - thanks!


12:33 PM  
Blogger Kate Robertson said...

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


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).


12:51 PM  
Blogger Yummyteece said...

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


12:52 PM  
Blogger Nichole said...

Hello! Here's my scribble:


12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mine's up:


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.


7:19 PM  
Blogger La Yen said...

Thanks for the inspiration again!


8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello! Here is mine:


9:10 PM  
Blogger Ang said...

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


10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally posted!

Thanks for another great topic!

1:43 AM  
Blogger Joy Eliz said...

Here I am...
Joy Eliz

4:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


here I am!

6:18 AM  
Blogger Geosomin said...

Here's my 2 cents...


8:15 AM  
Blogger HoBess said...

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


8:27 AM  
Blogger justjohanna said...

here's mine...


9:10 AM  
Blogger Rebekah 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:


10:05 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Here's mine -

10:17 AM  
Blogger tara dawn said...


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

12:24 PM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

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




12:52 PM  
Blogger Joy Eliz said...

Here's my permalink...


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


1:23 PM  
Blogger M said...

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


1:59 PM  
Blogger Leah Kadwell said...

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


8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Late, as usual.


9:49 PM  
Blogger John E. Tran said...

Sometimes late, but never never...



9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:21 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...


12:52 PM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

i am late
here i am!

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


6:26 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...


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...

7:19 PM  
Blogger Verity said...

Here's mine...


a lot of soul searching for this topic!

9:24 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

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


10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous 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 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.

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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


11:13 AM  
Blogger Ziomal said...

Very nice! I like it. motorcycle trikes

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops. Here's the link to that post

6:01 PM  

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