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Inspiration Dice Prompt #4

Inspiration Dice Prompt #4 | Paperback LoverInspiration Dice

Yellow = Genre
Blue = Character
Pink = Character Traits
Red = Plot
Green = Action

Though these dice are more specific than the story dice and seem more intimidating, try your best to let go of any nerves or fears that you’re feeling and just let you’re imagination take over. That might be what I love about these dice the most, they force you out of your comfort zone faster than any other writing exercise. But, like I’ve said before, our brains are amazing, storytelling machines and they will find a way to make these seemingly unrelated words come together to make a story. It might not be the best story, but it will be a story.

Feel free to approach the plot and action dice however you feel comfortable. Pick your top three plot dice and use those to follow a three-act story structure. Use all five and allow how the dice landed to dictate how the events unfold. Let the orientation of the action dice dictate the outcome of that action: right-side up elicits a positive outcome, upside down brings about mayhem, sideways confusion. However you choose to approach it, the point of this exercise is to let go and let what happens happen. The point is to have fun and write without worrying about the outcome.

Remember: Even if what you come up with doesn’t make sense, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Music Prompt #17

Start by listening. You don’t have to listen all the way through, but do give yourself some time to really listen. Close your eyes, if you’re comfortable doing so, put on your headphones, and listen. Allow yourself to really feel the music and immerse yourself in what you’re hearing. Once you’re ready, start writing.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a story, start by writing a list of words the music makes you think of. Is it calming, energetic, creepy? Does it make you think of a specific place, person, or genre? What type of person can you imagine listening to this kind of music?

If you can think of a story, try challenging yourself and allowing the mood of the story to shift as the music does. This soundtrack has a lot of fun shifts in tempo and mood, so have fun with it.

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.

Andreas B – Floating 0:00
CMA – Tommorow’s Another Day 4:13
Jacoo – Cosmos 8:34
Julian Kruse – Fallen From The Sky 11:42
Hereafter – Only You 15:36
Jabricon – Light At The End 18:48
CMA – Don’t Look Back 22:33
Electus – Temple Of Light 27:08
SizzleBird – Memory 31:04
Sacred – Reaching Out 34:12
CMA – It Is What It Is 39:19
SizzleBird – Landing 42:47
Jimmis – Flying Home 46:56
Jacoo – If You Only Knew 49:45
Electus – Imaginary Friend 52:52
CMA – Ku’uipo 57:14
Mykool – Ikiru 1:01:08
Slevemor – After The Rain 1:06:54
Poolz – You Don’t Have To 1:13:42
Vexaic – Goodbye 1:18:08
SizzleBird – Elixir 1:22:39
Jabricon – Daydreaming 1:26:40
Electus – Another World 1:30:11
Jacoo – Withering 1:36:02
CMA – You’re Free 1:39:28
Killigrew – Timeless As The Waves 1:44:58
Blure – Cycle Of Life 1:49:51
Skyvoice & Blure – Take Me Away 1:53:10
Soulfy – When The Sun Sets 1:56:14
Subtact – Falling 2:00:03


Photo Prompt #30

Photo Prompt #30 | Paperback LoverSource: Possibilities on Queen Kitty

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Where is this place? What time of year is it? Why is this place important? Why would someone photograph it? Who lives here, if anyone does? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph? Who is this person? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Inspiration Dice Prompt #3

Inspiration Dice Prompt #3 | Paperback LoverInspiration Dice

Yellow = Genre
Blue = Character
Pink = Character Traits
Red = Plot
Green = Action

Though these dice are more specific than the story dice and seem more intimidating, try your best to let go of any nerves or fears that you’re feeling and just let you’re imagination take over. That might be what I love about these dice the most, they force you out of your comfort zone faster than any other writing exercise. But, like I’ve said before, our brains are amazing, storytelling machines and they will find a way to make these seemingly unrelated words come together to make a story. It might not be the best story, but it will be a story.

Feel free to approach the plot and action dice however you feel comfortable. Pick your top three plot dice and use those to follow a three-act story structure. Use all five and allow how the dice landed to dictate how the events unfold. Let the orientation of the action dice dictate the outcome of that action: right-side up elicits a positive outcome, upside down brings about mayhem, sideways confusion. However you choose to approach it, the point of this exercise is to let go and let what happens happen. The point is to have fun and write without worrying about the outcome.

Remember: Even if what you come up with doesn’t make sense, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Music Prompt #16

Start by listening. You don’t have to listen all the way through, but do give yourself some time to really listen. Close your eyes, if you’re comfortable doing so, put on your headphones, and listen. Allow yourself to really feel the music and immerse yourself in what you’re hearing. Once you’re ready, start writing.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a story, start by writing a list of words the music makes you think of. Is it calming, energetic, creepy? Does it make you think of a specific place, person, or genre? What type of person can you imagine listening to this kind of music?

If you can think of a story, try challenging yourself and allowing the mood of the story to shift as the music does. This soundtrack has a lot of fun shifts in tempo and mood, so have fun with it.

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.

Lament of the Shadow Elves 0:00 – 3:51
Ceridwen 3:51 – 8:39
Morrigan 8:39 – 12: 22
Children of the Land 12:23 – 15:24
Voice of the Forgotten 15:25 – 17:47
The Dragon Charmer 17:48 – 21:08
Autumn’s Child 21:09 – 24:50
A Season’s Secrets 24:51 – 31:38
The Three Daughters of Divinity 31:39 – 35:42
The Elven Treasure 35:43 – 38:56
The Mystic 38:57 – 43:58
A Journey’s End 43:59 – 48:27
Once Upon a Dream 48.28 – 58:43
Breathe New Life 58:44 – 1:04:40


Photo Prompt #29

Photo Prompt #29 | Paperback Lover
Source: Treehouse Concept by Victor-Lam-art

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Where is this place? What time of year is it? Why is this place important? Why would someone photograph it? Who lives here, if anyone does? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph? Who is this person? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Inspiration Dice Prompt #2

Inspiration Dice Prompt #2 | Paperback LoverInspiration Dice

Yellow = Genre
Blue = Character
Pink = Character Traits
Red = Plot
Green = Action

Though these dice are more specific than the story dice and seem more intimidating, try your best to let go of any nerves or fears that you’re feeling and just let you’re imagination take over. That might be what I love about these dice the most, they force you out of your comfort zone faster than any other writing exercise. But, like I’ve said before, our brains are amazing, storytelling machines and they will find a way to make these seemingly unrelated words come together to make a story. It might not be the best story, but it will be a story.

Feel free to approach the plot and action dice however you feel comfortable. Pick your top three plot dice and use those to follow a three-act story structure. Use all five and allow how the dice landed to dictate how the events unfold. Let the orientation of the action dice dictate the outcome of that action: right-side up elicits a positive outcome, upside down brings about mayhem, sideways confusion. However you choose to approach it, the point of this exercise is to let go and let what happens happen. The point is to have fun and write without worrying about the outcome.

Remember: Even if what you come up with doesn’t make sense, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Music Prompt #15

Start by listening. You don’t have to listen all the way through, but do give yourself some time to really listen. Close your eyes, if you’re comfortable doing so, put on your headphones, and listen. Allow yourself to really feel the music and immerse yourself in what you’re hearing. Once you’re ready, start writing.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a story, start by writing a list of words the music makes you think of. Is it calming, energetic, creepy? Does it make you think of a specific place, person, or genre? What type of person can you imagine listening to this kind of music?

If you can think of a story, try challenging yourself and allowing the mood of the story to shift as the music does. This soundtrack has a lot of fun shifts in tempo and mood, so have fun with it.

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.

00:00:00-00:01:48 Soundcritters – Invent Yourself
00:01:49-00:05:38 Jim Yosef – Momentum
00:05:39-00:08:27 Robin Gogberg – Turn Loose The Pipes
00:08:28-00:10:44 Kari Sigurdsson – Orion
00:10:45-00:13:58 Julius Bölk – Pandora
00:13:59-00:18:33 Kelly Andrew – The Incursion
00:18:34-00:22:30 Lost Empire – Journey To The Sea
00:22:31-00:24:37 Rise Studios – New Dawn
00:24:37-00:28:12 Elias Nilsson – Where I Belong
00:28:12-00:31:28 Cristian Onofreiciuc – Colorful
00:31:29-00:33:34 Ioannis Gutevas – Ghosts, Gold and Rum!
00:33:35-00:36:55 Follow Their Lead – Honor to Defeated
00:36:56-00:39:15 Mark Stothard – Mesmerised
00:39:16-00:43:05 Qdash Oeuvre – I Treasure Your Words
00:43:06-00:45:13 Vastarial Fantasy Music – Winds Of Glory
00:45:14-00:48:54 DreamScape – Zenith
00:48:55-00:51:14 Mustafa Avşaroğlu – Sustuklarımız
00:51:15-00:54:41 Phantasmal Music – Knight’s Legion
00:54:41-00:56:44 Sergey Gol – Runaway
00:56:45-00:59:21 Jaap Visser – Overcome
00:59:21-01:02:29 Salim Daïma – A Glimpse Of Light
01:02:30-01:05:17 Peter Mor – The Secret Kingdom
01:15:17-01:07:26 Daniel Mekis – Found
01:07:26-01:09:47 Pixelee – Giant
01:09:49-01:12:55 Jyc Row – Magna Luna
01:12:56-01:15:16 The Audiocrat – Tunnel Vision
01:15:17-01:20:34 Adrian Jarchow – To Victory
01:20:35-01:23:00 Andrew Kirkof – Secret Desires
01:23:01-01:26:53 Pardus – Kinglet
01:26:54-01:30:48 Chulainn – Strength And Honor
01:30:49-01:35:16 Manuel Angerer – Always In My Heart
01:35:16-01:39:15 Yifei Tang – Into The Mist
01:39:15-01:41:41 Ben Shunlay – Time For Changes
01:41:41-01:45:04 Perform Score – The Last Hero
01:45:05-01:49:06 Yaniv Barmeli – Field of Spirits
01:49:07-01:51:23 IMGSound – Inspire Sport
01:51:24-01:54:43 Billy Melsness – Spirit
01:51:44-01:57:57 Arkiture – The Traveler
01:57:57-02:01:14 Torpel – Eternal Sunset


Photo Prompt #28

Photo Prompt #28 | Paperback Lover
Source: La Esmeralda Stock

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Where is this place? What time of year is it? Why is this place important? Why would someone photograph it? Who lives here, if anyone does? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph? Who is this person? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Tarot Prompt #1

Protagonist: Knight of Wands
Keywords – Departure, absence, flight, emigration. A dark young man, friendly. Change of residence; A proposal
“Creative and dynamic, the Knight of Wands is an innovator and likes to do thing his way. He inspires those around him and is excellent at networking to promote his ideas. He may be a traveler or a visitor, and he will have had many experiences and stories to tell. He is, however, impatient to get things done and can make snap judgments about people based on first impressions.”

Antagonist: King of Swords, reversed
Keywords – Cruelty, evil intentions, perversity, barbarity, breach of faith; An ambitious man
“You may be dealing with someone who plays mind games and who will do almost anything to win.”

Sidekick: Knight of Pentacles
Keywords – Utility, serviceable, interest, rectitude, responsibility; Improving prosperity
“As a person, this Knight is loyal and dependable. He is a natural protector, and security is very important to him. He may work in property or finance.”

*Two Knights = Friendship if upright

Act 1: Judgement
Keywords – Change of position, renewal, outcome; Assessment, letting go of the past
“It is time to come to a decision about the past. Great changes and opportunities are on the horizon, but before you can decide on your direction, certain past issues need to be addressed. This process is purely about how you judge yourself on your past actions and attitudes. In the upright position, Judgment shows you will feel you have acted with integrity and did the best you could. As you accept yourself fully, you can blow your own trumpet and praise yourself for your achievements. An additional meaning is being in the public eye, hence Fame, the card’s alternative title.

Judgment also predicts a spiritual awakening, as you feel called to explore your potential. You have learned much about yourself in this most recent phase and are ready to go further, developing your spiritual connection with your guides and angels. As you receive guidance on your path, your confidence and wisdom will grow.”

Act 2: The Hierophant, reversed
Keywords – Society, good understanding, concord, over-kindness, weakness
“When reversed, the Hierophant shows poor leadership. You may be misled by an incompetent or egotistic individual at work or on your spiritual path. This is the cards of the bad guru—the judgmental teacher who is more interested in furthering his ambitions than supporting you in yours. In work, the Hierophant reversed can also show institutions that need restructuring: poor advice, mistrust, and wrong decisions with moral repercussions. It is better to seek your own path than to stay with a mentor or plan that doesn’t suit your needs. Be a free spirit.”

Act 3: Death, reversed
Keywords – Inertia, sleep, lethargy, petrifaction, somnambulism
“Death reversed, has virtually the same meaning as the card in the upright position, but the difference is in your reaction. You may feel anxious and stressed unable to comprehend what is happening, rather than being accepting. When Death is reversed, the universe is telling you that there is no way back—a relationship cannot be mended, or an employer won’t change their mind.”

Plot Point 1: Four of Swords, reversed
Keywords – Wise administration, circumspection, economy, avarice, precaution, testament; Rest, passivity, quiet time
“When the Four of Swords reverses, the time-out message is enforced—so you may have to take time away from work or other responsibilities due to influences out of your control. Unfortunately, there is little you can do to alter this situation, so you must surrender to events. This is a phase, and the message is to find peace. Use the time positively. You may need to rethink your working arrangements or come to terms with changes in a relationship, particularly if you live apart from a partner or potential love.”

Plot Point 2: Six of Swords
Keywords – Journey by water, route, way, envoy, commissionary, expedient; Moving on
“The Six of Swords shows you moving on from a situation or relationship and enjoying a period of peace and harmony. This may manifest mentally rather than physically, as you take a more detached approach, distancing yourself from drama and complication. This gives you an opportunity to rest and recharge; it may lead you to explore a new environment or make a spiritual discovery.

In work, the card can show travel as part of your role (and respite from the office or other workplace), and in relationships the card commonly shows two people spending time apart. More negatively, the interpretation is a relationship ending (look for accompanying cards such as the Three of Swords or the reversed VI – Lovers, for validation). This ending may be positive or negative, depending on your situation.

On a more literal note, the card can simply show taking a break from work or your usual environment, and you may travel, possibly on a trip overseas. When the Six of Swords appears with major arcana cards VII – Chariot for progress, and XIII – Death for transition, a more permanent move is suggested, so the combination can be interpreted as emigration or a long period of travel. If we see the three figures on the card as a family rather than ferryman and passengers, the card suggests a major move for two or more people.”

Climax: Three of Pentacles
Keywords – Trade and Skilled Labor; Enterprise and Success
“The upright meaning of the Three of Pentacles is rewarding work. It often shows you are ready to let your talents shine in public…In domestic affairs, the card can predict building or improvement work to your home or putting a property up for sale. The Three of Pentacles is also a good card for creatives, predicting that projects will be finished and appreciated. The work may also be displayed in a public space.

According to tarot scholar Jonathan Dee, the Three of Pentacles is sometimes called the Architect, which means you establish a lasting enterprise, a project that ’causes you to stand head and shoulders above both friends and enemies alike.’ downside, of course, as you succeed and become visibly successful, is the touch of envy you may sense around you; it may feel uncomfortable, as you’re not used to negative attention. This jealousy, as with elements, of all minor arcana cards, is transitory and will not dint your confidence or harm your progress. Detractors can only make you stronger.”


Deck used: The Rider Waite Tarot Deck
Spread: Three-Act Spread from Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner
Card Descriptions: The Ultimate Tarot Guide by Liz Dean


You can approach this prompt in three ways: 1) go off the card’s meaning using the keywords and descriptions I provided, 2) ignore those descriptions, using the images alone to inspire you, or 3) use a combination of both the images and the descriptions to influence your story. Or, you can approach it in whichever method your muse gets excited about. That really is the point here, after all: to have fun with your writing and to just let it come without putting too much stress into it.

Remember: Even if what you come up with doesn’t make sense, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.