Jumpstarting a Stalled Story

Do you have writer’s block? Is it something you struggle with sometimes? Most of the time? All of the time?

It might help to know that you aren’t alone.

At least, that’s what so many blogs, articles, and advice columns out there would have you believe. Right before they try to convince you of the “1 simple trick to overcome writer’s block” that they, and only they, can impart.

I would formally like to call bullsh*t on this trend.

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100 Prompts to Inspire You

If you aren’t finished your NaNo novel, or are otherwise struggling to keep your story going, you might want to check out some prompts. There are tons of places you can go to find them. The various Dare Threads on the NaNo forum, apps, blogs, etc. But during November I made a list of 100 prompts to try and help inspire others in my home region to complete their novels (as I’d surpassed the 50k mark on the 11th they seemed to think I had some secret to finishing… Honestly, I just wrote almost every single day for at least two hours. Plus, I type pretty dang fast).

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Two Sentence Horror Stories

First of all… ugh, I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I last posted. Bad me.

Secondly, I’ve seen the reddit question of “What is the best horror story you can come up with in two sentences” posted around. On pinterest, Facebook, I think I first read about it on BuzzFeed, and I friend linked me to the “best” 20 of them just recently. So I got curious and decided to check out the original reddit thread. I was only able to get approximately 80% through the posts (not counting comments/replies) before I admitted defeat, so it’s very possible there were more great two sentence stories that I just didn’t see.

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Card Game

So I love playing board/card games. I adore Munchkin, Gloom, Smallworld, etc. (and I have to admit that other than Munchkin, I was introduced to most of the games I now love by Wil Wheaton and his web-series Table Top on Geek & Sundry) On the weekend the hubs and I were playing the now out of print Three Dragon Ante. I thought it was fun, though kind of time consuming.

Which isn’t to say other games aren’t, but I felt the time/enjoyment balance wasn’t, well… balanced. I much prefer games like Gloom and Munchkin. Which got me thinking…

In addition to story ideas, every now and then I get an idea for a board game. And because I love Gloom just so freaking much (I have all but the house expansion pack, because the reviews weren’t very good for that one…) the idea I got was another story building card game. Except not so “depressing”. (Note: if you don’t end up laughing while playing Gloom you’re doing it wrong)

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