These look like fun: Tools to engage your creativity!

Hello, SEers! It’s Mae in the wheelhouse today with some handy tools to spark your creativity.

Let’s face it—every now and then we get a little burned out with our writing projects. Okay, maybe more frequently than we want to admit. It’s not that we don’t love writing, or working on WIPs, but sometimes drafts, edits, deadlines, and promo can take their toll. It’s nice to be able to reset the writing muse with something different.

When it comes to exercising your body, the key to avoiding plateaus is to mix up your routine. The same holds true with your mind and your muse. With that said, here are a several tools you may find useful—and loads of fun—when you want to set high intensity writing aside and play with creative prompts. (Please note: I have no personal, business, or financial interest in any of these. I just happen to find them excellent resources).

STORY SPINNER
By Bonnie Nuebauer
A two-sided wheel, this wonderful gem has been around for a while. There is a free online version, or you can purchase a handheld spinner. I bought mine years ago. You use the front half of the wheel to spin a “recipe” for your story. Once you have the components, you flip the wheel over and follow the recipe prompts to determine the elements you’ll use. I think the online version doesn’t provide as much variety, but it’s still fun.

A CREATIVE WRITER’S KIT
By Judy Reeves
A dear friend of mine gave me one of Judy Reeves’ kits years ago. We shared a mutual love of writing and books, and as she is no longer living, I treasure this. There are two parts to the kit—colorful cards that provide tips on craft, and a book that offers a different writing prompt for each day of the year, broken down by month. The book also has blank pages in the back with inspirational quotes, giving you a place to let your muse run rampant.

THE OBSERVATION DECK
By Naomi Epel
This is also a two-component set. Naomi pairs a book of tips, exercises and writing mojo from experienced writers along with colorful flash cards that provide writing prompts. As an example (below) I drew the card open a drawer.

THE STORYMATIC
There are a number of different ways to use this one—from writing to games, to impromptu theatre. The classic approach (as shown below) is to draw two gold cards, blend them into one character, and then draw two copper cards for use in the story. You can, of course, use these in any method you choose. The combinations are endless and a great way to get your creative juices flowing!

Are you familiar with any of these resources? Have you used any before?  Who knows… one of these prompts could spark your next story. 🙂

I’d love to hear your thoughts, and perhaps which one you find the most appealing. Drop a line and get chatty in the comments below. Ready, set, go!

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59 thoughts on “These look like fun: Tools to engage your creativity!

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  2. Great idea generators, Mae! I have the Creative Writer’s Kit, but I haven’t used it–yet. I have a tendency to do mental ‘what ifs’, and sometimes I get ideas from stuff I see every day. One day I went for a walk during my lunch break and saw a motorcycle parked at the building next door. Motorcycle, meh. The little garden gnome strapped to the back, a spark of an idea! Like, a gnome named Nome Alaska. And he would have to have friends with names like that, right? I spent the rest of the walk coming up with a story for him 🙂

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    • Julie, I love how your creativity took off with that little gnome! Sometimes the ideas that reach out and grab us in the moment make the best story fodder.

      I remember laying in bed one night and dreaming up a story around an old west town. It was so vivid, I was certain I would remember it in the morning. Evil creatures stole it away because come morning, I couldn’t piece it back together. I still can’t!

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    • Hi, Marion Ann! It’s fabulous to meet someone who is using one of these. I love the creativity aspect too. I haven’t used my deck in a while, but writing this post made me want to start playing around with the prompts again.

      Thanks for dropping by to share with us!

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  5. I’ve never tried a story prompt, and I’ve never heard of these. A friend of mine gave me dice and a book a long time ago. I don’t even think it has a name. It was fun for a group of us to sit around, drinking coffee and rolling for different prompts. Then we’d make up a little story about it. They got quite outlandish, although we were a rowdy bunch to begin with. If I ever get some free time (ha ha), I think these would be fun to try.

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    • They would be a great launching point for micro-fic. The online version of the Story Spinner is free too, so it’s easy to hop over there whenever the muse strikes and see what story “recipe” pops up. I’m glad you found them interesting!

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    • Victoria, that’s awesome that the session sparked an idea that later became one of your books. Fantastic!
      I have the story dice app on my iPhone but had no idea there was a spooky dice version. I’m going to have to download that. Thank you!

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  6. Haven’t used any of these particular items but I have used story prompts before. In one of my first writing classes, the teacher gave us a three-column list. One column contained the name of a place, the other an object, the third an event. We had to randomly pick three numbers, use the item corresponding to those numbers in each column, and write a short story (two or three paragraphs) using out selections. Challenging but fun!

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  7. I’ve not come across any of these before, but they look awesome! You’ve inspired me to do a bit of shopping, lols! 🙂 I’ve used a couple of online story generators with mixed success. A good blog I found recently is Book Fox Story Ideas at https://thejohnfox.com/2016/05/story-idea-generator/. The prompt about the Jim Crow town planner really sparked my imagination. I love creative tools, whether to use for short stories, full novels, or simple writing practice. Thanks for a great post on various tools, Mae! I’ll be checking some of these out.

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    • Heehee. I’m glad I’ve inspired you to do a bit of shopping. I especially love my Story Spinner and Storymatic 🙂

      Thank you for the press, and also the blog link to Book Fox Story Ideas. I hopped over and it looks like a great resource.
      Glad you enjoyed the post, Harmony!

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    • Hmmm…I’m not sure. You could always reach out to Bonnie Nuebauerr and contact her through her website.
      I think all of the other ones are available on Amazon so I’m sure Amazon UK has them as well.
      There is also the free online version of the Storyspinner, too 🙂

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