For as long as I can remember since I started writing stories – especially my longer works – I have noticed I’ve had problems with keeping things going, getting stuck on certain areas (motivation for characters, new characters, etc.), and ultimately not abandoning said stories.
Then, back in November as I was in the swing of all things NaNoWriMo for the seventh time, I heard about something called Writing Blocks. The creator, Mia Zachary, was promoting a Kickstarter project to share them with other writers. My first reaction was stunned silence. My second? I backed the project immediately. I didn’t need to watch the videos or read all the information on the project’s main page. All I needed to know that these dice could be used to help with writer’s block, whether starting to write a new story or continue an old one. I did end up watching the videos and reading all the information I had skipped over not long after, and all it did was get me even more excited for these dice to be made into a reality.
Fast forward to the end of May and there they were, the Writing Blocks, in my hands, begging for me to roll them.
I decided to wait, however, because I had bought a second set for my friend and wanted to wait to use them until the two of us could get together for one of our writing sessions. Instead I just kept rolling them around in my hand as I tried to figure out the new character I was trying to create. Every so often I would glance down at my hand, and a few of the words on the dice struck a chord with me.
The complete set is made up of twelve dice and six of them dice jumped out at me that night. With those six (Archetype I, Archetype II, Situation, Motivation, Evaluation, and Tension), I was able to figure out everything that had stumped me about the character. The only thing left for me to figure out was his name, which was not only a relief, but also amazing. And everything fit in with my story!
I didn’t have to wait long for my friend and I to get together, thankfully, and tried out a few different methods of rolling the Writing Blocks that night. My first roll was with every dice that could apply to the creation of a character (nine of the twelve). Yet again the Writing Blocks worked their magic and I had a second character ready for me to use in my current story!
Knowing that I was going to write this review, I decided to also roll all twelve dice to create the basis for a completely new story – which is something I try to avoid when I already have a story I’m working on since I’m not very good at juggling multiple stories. I could tell you how easy it was to take those twelve dice and connect them, how helpful and easy to follow the guidebook (Story Building Solutions) was, or even tell you what dice I rolled and the story I created with them, but I think the best thing I could do is tell you: try the Writing Blocks out for your self. You will not be disappointed in this brilliant, innovative writing tool!
I know I’ll be having a lot of fun with them in the days, and years, to come!