I couldn’t wait any longer. I needed more prompts. I had to make them for myself and, of course, share them with you!
One of my favorite writing prompt tools of all time is The Writer’s Toolbox by Jamie Cat Callan. I have had my box for well over a decade and, if you’ve been tuning into all of my writing prompt shares on the NV Rivera YouTube channel, or if you’ve been participating in the Stop Writing Alone Writing Prompt Parties, chances are you have used this tool with me, or have already bought your own!
There are three different “games” in the box, but the popsicle sticks included are easily my favorite exercise. However, there is a problem that arises when you like one tool too much and use it a lot — you start to remember the prompts. It becomes increasingly difficult to separate the prompts from the contexts you have already created for them.
I had hoped Ms. Callan might one day create an expansion pack to her sticks, but its been a long time and I don’t think it’s happening, so this week I sat down and did it myself. I took two days sitting in my living room with the sticks splayed out and I created new FIRST SENTENCES, new NON SEQUITURS, and new LAST STRAWS. I then typed them all up and made a pdf for you and I to print out so we could play this writing game for another ten years plus! Here’s how I used it on the YouTube Channel:
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This prompt tool was also shared on the NV Rivera YouTube channel as part of the 52 Stories in 52 Weeks Project.
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