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Tree. Arrow. Bee. Fish. Light Bulb. Turtle. Sad. Building. Footprint. What do all of these things have in common? Not much at all. But those are my results on my first roll with my Rory’s Story Cubes.
How do these work?
It’s completely up to you. The dice are a fun tool to give you some new creative ideas. Something to help you jumpstart your creativity.
Every now and then, it’s nice to take a shortcut, right? (Nod your head in agreement here please.)
Here’s what Mr.Brain told me when I rolled those images. “What if I wrote a story where all animals (bees, fish, and turtles) started to change (light bulb) and attack us. We all would have to go to shelter (building) and that would suck (sad face).”
Don’t judge, just listen to Mr. Brain.
Okay, I know, that sounds a lot like many other man vs. nature horror movies. Remember, you can’t judge or stop during the creative process. On my second roll, I decided just to roll three dice. This is creativity in action, so you get to make up the rules as you go. I got an arrow, a hand, and a castle. Mr. Brain said “obviously mankind had to fight back and not just sit in buildings and be sad. How would mankind fight back? With weapons of course.”
Roll three turned up saying something, castle and fire hydrant. Mr. Brain said “roll again dude.”
On to roll four. Magnifying glass, light bulb and eye. Mr. Brain told me “maybe there is a scientific angle to look at as to why the animals are going crazy. Perhaps there is a cure!”
Roll five I got a clock, pyramids and spooky shadow behind a person. Mr. Brain told me “obviously this means there is no scientific explanation for the animals attacking everyone. It was just like the ancient plagues in the Bible. As time went by, the animals just went away and quit killing everyone.” The end.
You got to start somewhere. I’d recommend picking these cubes up (there’s even a Rory’s Story Cubes app for iPhone), or you can even make own by making some doodles on paper and pull them out of a hat. Remember, there are no rules for creativity. Just have some fun!