What I have in mind are tools that help get one out of writers block or help kick start a story. Items like Story Cubes. They can also be books of story prompts or RPG source books. I have a small collection of my own and I want to create a master list of Story Generation Tools (also if there is a better term for this then tell me). I will provide my thoughts/review of each project later. Please Provide Links.
- 1. Story Cubes--This was the first Story Generation Tool that I was ever introduced to (thanks Fear the Boot for that episode). I immediately bought it and was not disappointed. It uses basic images rather than concepts/words as a way of stirring up story ideas. And the images are general enough that it can easily be translated to any genre you have in mind. I bought every Story Cube set that is available and it is one of the first things that I turn to when I am stumped.
2. Story Forge--Story Forge is very provocative. It is a terot card design with each card having two sides of a concept (e.g. health vs. sickness) that range from emotions, status, character roles, virtues, vices, and others that I am forget. The set comes with a small booklet with suggestions on how to set up the cards to create characters and stories. I really love the design of the cards and the sheer amount of them lends to great ease to inspiration (because with Story Cubes quickly you have a seen all of the dice sides and start to associate them with established concepts in your head). Also the concepts are generic enough that it can easily be adapted for any genre.
3. The Storymatic
4. 99 Chances
5. Ultimate Toolbox
6. Zero Dice
7. Zero Terot