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Sep 08

A few things from the Writer’s Toolbox

I like to use stuff from The Writer’s Toolbox by Jamie Cat Callan to get myself going on creative writing. There are books and other things, such as the Writer’s Observation Deck, but the Toolbox is definitely user friendly and lends itself well to many different writing exercises.

Pictured below are a set of wheels designed to randomly give you elements of the story: Protagonist, Goal, Obstacle, and Action. Sometimes the choices these wheels gives are odd put together, but it gives the right side of the brain some room to think. The point is to get your imagination and the pen going.

Here are the results of my spin:

  • Protagonist: Iris the psychoanalyst
  • Goal: To save Mother
  • Obstacle: The bartender from Seattle
  • Action: Learn to see the future

In 10 minutes, write down a brief story using these elements. Keep your pen and imagination going until time is up.

Now for another writing exercise. Here is a Sixth Sense Card: The Taste of Lipstick.

In 10 minutes, write down a brief story inspired by the taste of lipstick. If you don’t know what lipstick tastes like, try to imagine. Keep your pen and imagination going until time is up.

Have fun writing.