Cool Writing Goo-Gaa of the Week – Writer’s Toolbox

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I found this writing jump-starter at my local Willamette Writer’s Conference last August: The Writer’s Toolbox by Jamie Cat Callan.

I offered this gift to my writing group when we wrote together last October. We were each responsible for leading a prompt workshop – and this was the hit of the night!

Jamie Cat Callan, a creative writing teacher, created this amazing kit which includes a booklet filled with exercises and instructions that focus on a right-brained approach to writing and other forms of creativity. Sixty exercise popsicle sticks – titled First Sentences, Non Sequiturs, and Last Straws – will jump start any blocked writer. Additionally there are 60 cards to bring forth creative descriptions, and four spinner cards to create exploration of interesting plot foci.

On a scale of 1-10, I would rate this a solid 10. When I am stumped – and without a light at the end of the tunnel – this is my go-to activity.


Cool writing Goo-Gaa of the Week


I’m always looking for something to jumpstart my creativity. So, I am going to offer what I find to each of you for your opinion.

Today’s offering is Story Cubes by Rory’s. When I went shopping, I saw 3 other sets with different themes. I chose this one because I like orange. Random, I know.

I used these today when I was writing for NaNoWriMo. I rolled the 9 dice and chose to write a story based on the 9 images that rolled out.

On a scale of 1-10, I would rate this a solid 7. I envision using it for brainstorming and workshopping, but not for serious story creation and maintenance.