As anyone with a creative skill knows, practice is a requirement to maintain and improve that skill. I’ve got a couple of tools I’ve picked up over the years that I use for practice and to combat writer’s block.
The first tool I picked up is Rory’s Story Cubes. I found the Rory cubes in Walgreen of all places while waiting for the filling of one of my wife’s prescriptions. Walgreen had the base set at the time, which I’ve found to be quite useful by itself.
Basically, the idea of the game is to roll the 9 story cubes like dice and then create a story using the 9 images that come up. The options are endless and the cubes can be used multiple times to come up with a variety of story ideas.
Over the years I’ve also picked up the Actions set and the Voyages set, which at times I’ve used by themselves and together with the base set. I’ve used the Rory Story Cubes alone and in workshop and classroom settings. I would definitely recommend picking up a set and trying them out.
The other tool I’ve picked up is Yeti Eats Alien. This one I discovered recently while browsing through the shelves of the Puzzle Warehouse‘s local retail shop. From what I can tell, this one is a relatively new game, but I don’t know for sure.
While the idea of this game is funny headlines, using the headline game rules gives a good basis of five words from which to build a headline. As a story writer, that headline provides a starting point to build from. From a humorist perspective, there is plenty to work with in this set and I could see future expansions adding even more comedic fun.
I’m always on the lookout for pocket sized games and games that can serve as story writing tools. These two provide for both purposes.