I call it writer’s fog because writer’s block suggests there’s no way out, but fog clears. So this week I thought I’d share some cool resources that could help you navigate your way through the fog until you’re seeing clearly again.
IF you want to find out more once you’ve read about them, click on the links in the headings to find them on Amazon.
The Idea Generators
If you’re starting from scratch, I can highly recommend this super cool Writer’s Toolbox. It includes, 60 exercise sticks; first sentences, Non sequiturs and last straws that are sure to get your story off the ground. You also get 60 creative description cards and four spinner pallets to inspire your plot twists. You even get a 64-page booklet filled with exercises and instructions that focus on a ‘right brain’ approach to writing. Honestly, you won’t be short of ideas with this kit.
This is such a cool little folder of creativity. A flip book that allows you to randomly mix and match three different to elements to generate a unique story idea. I got a cool little story idea out of this that I ended up using as one of my assignments on my Creative Writing Masters degree. The possibilities really are endless.
This book is packed with hundreds of starter murder mystery premises, perfect for helping you brainstorm new stories, novels, screenplays and scripts. You’ll get something that looks like this:
Where: The victim was found in a cage
How: Attacked by a pet ape
Who: An advertising executive with a dark past
Detail: All the witnesses have something to hide
Not only do you get 500 scenes to choose from, the book includes its own Murder Scene Generator at the back of the book that allows you to create thousands of different murder scenes and story ideas. All you have to do is randomly combine four to five different elements to generate a unique murder scene. What are you waiting for?
Ready, Set, Novel! is great if you already have the seed of an idea. It’s filled with amazing prompts and activities that really dig deep into your characters, settings and plots. This workbook will help you turn your kernel of an idea into a true masterpiece.
642 Things To Write About is awesome as it gives you the opportunity to stretch your imagination with witty and outrageous writing prompts, from ‘your favourite moment in film’, to ‘choose how you will die’. There’s plenty of space for you to write and it’s sure to get your juices flowing. From beginners to seasoned writers, you’re sure to have a lot of fun with this book.
The Outlining Your Novel Workbook includes step-by-step exercises for planning your best book. It’s a place for discovering your characters, organising scenes, brainstorming premise and plot ideas and much more. Get this this book and you’ll feel in full control of your novel.
It’s actually written as a workbook to accompany the equally useful book Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland, but it also works really well as a stand alone workbook.
I hope you find these resources useful and inspiring, I find them very helpful when I’m in the Writers Fog. Do you have any other writers resources that you find useful? I’d love to hear about them; please tell me about them in a comment below, or tweet me @StephLottWriter.