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Inspiration Dice Story Helper #21

Inspiration Dice Story Helper #21 | Paperback Lover

Yellow = Genre
Red = Plot
Green = Action

Genre: fantasy historical fiction
Use these Story Helpers to build off of what you came from the Monday prompts. Don’t worry about them not matching up. 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 #45

Photo Prompt #45 | Paperback LoverSource: Rene Aigner

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? Why is this place important? What time of year is it? Who lives here, if anyone does? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph?

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.


Photo Prompt #43

Photo Prompt #43 | Paperback Lover Photo Prompt #43 | Paperback Lover Photo Prompt #43 | Paperback LoverSource: Mount Saint Michel

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? Why is this place important? What time of year is it? Who lives here, if anyone does? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph?

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.


Music Prompt #28


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?

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.


The Tales of Beedle the Bard

by J.K. Rowling

started: January 2, 2018 | finished: January 4, 2018

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is part of the Hogwarts Library series that explored different parts of the Harry Potter universe, this book, of course, exploring the fairy tales, including the story about the deathly hallows which the 7th Harry Potter book was named for. The stories included in this book are “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump,” and, finally, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.”


I went into this book expecting it to be just simple fairy tales that I wouldn’t get a whole lot out of. What I wasn’t expecting was for each story to be followed by an analysis about the story written by Dumbledore. This bumped up my interest immediately…


…The analysis turns out to be an amusing commentary on fairy tales and fairy tale analysis—how stories change over time, how they reflect the people who tell them, how we use them to teach lessons, how people sanitize stories to protect the children, but end up just watering it down to the point of destroying the original lesson.


The reason I didn’t give character a full star is because, personally, I felt that Dumbledore’s sections didn’t entirely feel like the Dumbledore from the books. Because I can’t really say if this is a narrative choice or just the line between Rowling and the headmaster blurring, I decided it would be better to give the character category 3/4 star.


It’s J.K. Rowling, what more can I say about this part.


Though this book isn’t really a “description” sort of book, I decided to give it a full star because the world building that sat just beneath the stories and the analysis made them feel like they were part of an actual world and not just fluff to make money off of.


(rounded up for goodreads)

I have to admit, I’ve been so cynical about the Harry Potter franchise as of late with every new addition feeling more like cash grabs than actual attempts to broaden and explore the universe and I was expecting it to be cute but not having much substance and end up with three stars, four at most. Thankfully, I was wrong. I was so absolutely wrong.


Inspiration Dice Prompt #13

Inspiration Dice Prompt #13 | 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 #26

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?

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.


Music Prompt #24

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?

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.

1. Lucifers Hymn 0:00 – 2:08
2. The One Who Dwells Within 2:09 – 5:04
3. The Dream Snatcher 5:05 – 9:02
4. When Darkness Shines Brightest 9:03 – 14:14
5. We are The Chosen 14:15 – 18:19
6. The Coven 18:20 – 22:40
7. Forever and Never 22:41 – 26:46
8. The Awakening 26:47 – 31:18
9. The Devil’s Grasp 31:19 – 35:43
10. The Witching Hour 35:44 – 39:57
11. Time to Leave this World 39:58 – 43:43
12. The Last Vampire 43:44 – 46:35
13. Morrigan 46:36 – 50:19
14. The Fire Dancer 50:20 – 52:43
15. The Forsaken Melody 52:44 – 55:23
16. The Elixir of Life 55:24 – 1:00:03


Music Prompt #23

Shorter 15 minute option:

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?

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.

0:00 – The Trail
2:51 – Geralt of Rivia
5:15 – Eredin, King of the Hunt
7:45 – Wake Up, Ciri
9:21 – Aen Seidhe
11:59 – Commanding the Fury
14:09 – Emhyr var Emreis
16:41 – Spikeroog
19:49 – King Bran’s Final Voyage
22:03 – Silver for Monsters…
24:25 – Whispers of Oxenfurt
27:02 – The Nightingale
28:43 – City of Intrigues
30:52 – The Hunter’s Path
33:46 – Widow-maker
35:58 – Kaer Morhen
38:35 – Eyes of the Wolf
40:41 – Witch Hunters
43:24 – …Steel for Humans (Lazare)
44:53 – Fate Calls
46:53 – The Vagabond
49:43 – Cloak and Dagger
52:31 – Forged in Fire
54:37 – Yes, I Do…
56:13 – Welcome, Imlerith
59:00 – Drink Up, There’s More!
1:00:38 – After the Storm
1:02:11 – Blood on the Cobblestones
1:04:16 – Farewell, Old Friend
1:07:10 – The Song of the Sword-Dancer
1:09:25 – The Hunt is Coming
1:11:32 – The Fields of Ard Skellig
1:14:44 – Ladies of the Woods
1:16:37 – Merchants of Novigrad
1:19:48 – Hunt or Be Hunted


Photo Prompt #36

Photo Prompt #36 | Paperback LoverSource: Marcin by Fairy Lady Photography

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.