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).
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.
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!