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.


Inspiration Dice Story Helper #5

Inspiration Dice Story Helper #5 | Paperback Lover

Inspiration Dice

Red Dice signify plot and Green Dice signify action.

Story Helpers are meant to continue off of the Monday prompts as a way to either help expand what came to you from the prompt or to screw it all up and force you out of your comfort zone. Don’t worry about them not matching up either. The great thing about your brain is that it will find a way to make something work. Have fun with it, don’t fear what comes. Fear is the root of writer’s block.

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


Writer Emergency Pack Story Helper #5

Writing Emergency Pack Story Helper #5 | Paperback Lover

Writing Emergency Pack Story Helper #5 | Paperback Lover

Writer Emergency Pack

Story Helpers are meant to continue off of the Monday prompts as a way to either help expand what came to you from the prompt or to screw it all up and force you out of your comfort zone. Don’t worry about them not matching up either. The great thing about your brain is that it will find a way to make something work. Have fun with it, don’t fear what comes. Fear is the root of writer’s block.

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.


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.


Tarot Story Helper #4

Tarot Story Helper #4 | Paperback LoverFairy Tarot

You can approach this story helper 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.

I decided to give very basic information for the cards so your muse can have more free reign with where it takes you, however if you want to know more about tarot and how to read the cards, two great books to start with are The Ultimate Tarot Guide & Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. There is also the really interesting book Tarot for Writers that talks about all sorts of different methods for using tarot cards in your writing process.

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.


Inspiration Dice Story Helper #4

Inspiration Dice Story Helper #4 | Paperback Lover

Inspiration Dice

Red Dice signify plot and Green Dice signify action.

Story Helpers are meant to continue off of the Monday prompts as a way to either help expand what came to you from the prompt or to screw it all up and force you out of your comfort zone. Don’t worry about them not matching up either. The great thing about your brain is that it will find a way to make something work. Have fun with it, don’t fear what comes. Fear is the root of writer’s block.

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.


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.


Writer Emergency Pack Story Helper #4

Writer Emergency Pack Story Helper #4 | Paperback Lover

Writer Emergency Pack Story Helper #4 | Paperback Lover

Writer Emergency Pack

Story Helpers are meant to continue off of the Monday prompts as a way to either help expand what came to you from the prompt or to screw it all up and force you out of your comfort zone. Don’t worry about them not matching up either. The great thing about your brain is that it will find a way to make something work. Have fun with it, don’t fear what comes. Fear is the root of writer’s block.

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