How many of you writers and budding writers complain of general lack of inspiration? You may crave for a helping hand, some divine inspiration, some planetary conspiracy, actually anything but yourself who enables you to write words; until words become a line, and lines swell into paragraphs and fill up pages.
A few months back, I came across an interesting game, called Rolling Tales, created by a Delhi based company called Chalk and Chuckles. It comes with 9 dices, out of which 6 are illustrated writing prompts and 3 dices indicating dominant emotions in the piece to be written, furthermore, there is a paper folder with separate sections for plotting, drafting, revising and editing. I bought it as I thought it would enable my son and I to create stories around diverse objects. I never expected it to be more than a weekend activity with my gabby three year old, however, I postponed unboxing it for some reason.
One afternoon, I was so dazed and uninspired and had no clue on what to write. I looked around the room and saw a glaring yellow box. The Rolling Tales game box. I was a bit hesitant, shall I actually utilize the game I bought for my preschooler, to work out the haloed writer’s block? Wasn’t I a serious writer, after all? Thankfully, I didn’t give in to my cynicism. I opened the cloth pouch, and rolled out three dices. I was amused to draw out the most bizarre prompts ever! I strived and created an equally bizarre story. So, the days when I feel too constricted, I actually roll these magical dices and churn out stories of very different styles, setting and even genres. I could experiment a lot because of these.
I looked at the box carefully, it read, Age: 5-99 years.
There isn’t any age bar for telling and enjoying a story, and surely none for learning to tell a story!
Be on a roll!