Writing Blocks Idea Dice® Innovative Inspiration and Millions of Solutions at your Fingertips!
that writer's block can happen anytime in your career- 1st novel or 50th...
that I've had writer's block several hundred times, like 10-20 times per book...
that having writer's block totally stinks on ice...
that getting around/over/through writer's block should be fun...
and that I've invented something to help you every single time!
From an Idea To A SOLUTION
September 2010, I was feeling stuck, guilty and frustrated with the
eighth draft of a Young Adult manuscript. Maybe it was the new-to-me genre; perhaps
confusion over what I wanted the book to say, or the Life that kept
interrupting my writing. Whatever, I needed help with this latest bout
of writer’s block. And that’s when it hit me-
WRITING BLOCKS IDEA DICE®
Innovative Inspiration at your Fingertips ©
There are 6 Writing Blocks® in the Basic set and eight in the Mastert set, each with a specific color and function. The words on the Writing Blocks® relate to aspects of story construction such as Archetype, Catalyst and Escalation, plot devices and creative solutions.
Roll them by yourself, or with friends or other writers.
Roll two or three Writing Blocks® for 36- 216 ways to brainstorm a brand new story.
Believe it or not, rolling 8 Blocks at once gives you 1,679,616 story idea combinations!
THE EARLY REVIEWS
Chaplin, multi-published author- “People think the muse for a writer is
to get an idea. For me, it's maintaining the idea long enough to
create an entire book - avoiding the dreaded "sagging middle" that
stops an editor or agent's attention, especially with longer novels. The Writing
Blocks Idea Dice® have seen me through this, over and over ... making it fresh and new and different!”
Dee Tenorio, multi-published author- “I guard my Writing Blocks® like dragon treasure! Plotting is NOT my strength & there's SO many options here... They help without boxing me in.”
Jennifer Dougherty, age 16- "At first you think they're just going to be fun, but then you're inspired with so many ideas! I was already creative, but the Writing Blocks® just help me get in the zone faster. I think they're pretty amazing <3"
The preceding video proves that anyone can be a storyteller! None of my friends or family is a fiction writer and yet they came up with a viable story idea. So imagine what YOU can do with your Writing Blocks®!
WELL, WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THEM?
My original vision was for the Writing Blocks® to be used by fiction writers, but my primary intention is encouraging kids 12+ to try storytelling in place of cable TV and Playstation. (Oh, stop. It's just for a little while. I'm not about to give up Lego Harry Potter or Burn Notice.)
I think when kids develop a love for writing, which in turn challenges their imaginations, they feel empowered to create in all areas of their lives. The Writing Blocks Idea Dice® will help stimulate creativity, promote vocabulary building, improve writing skills and make the creative writing process enjoyable!
This Fall, the Writing Blocks® will be used in a pilot program in Reading Classes at Robert Frost Middle School here in Maryland. But in order for other schools to afford Writing Blocks®, the final cost has to be low enough to fit their budgets.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
Here's where Kickstarter is so perfect for my project! It's really hard to get investment loans for unique little products like mine. The greatest challenge of making the Writing Blocks Idea Dice® available to you is the manufacturing expense.
Right now, I pay $6 per cube. In order to get the unit price a lot lower, I have to order a minimum of 4,000 cubes. You can do the math.
(No, really- it's not my best subject. Actually, it was my worst. Except for when I took Mr. Santori's class. But that's another story.)
The other Start Up expenses include:
processing fees to Kickstarter and Amazon
plastic packaging & package inserts,
cover art for the guidebooks,
printing the guidebooks,
Wordpress & Wishlist for the virtual classroom,
padded mailing envelopes & Scotch tape
I also need to hire some assistance to put the sets together, affix the labels and stuff the envelope to get your rewards to you as soon as possible!
And, last but actually most important, your donations will be reinvested back into the second production of more Writing Blocks Idea Dice®
HOW THIS IS GOING TO WORK
1. Take a look below and to the right, choose the reward you’d like and pledge that amount. (Or more… More is always sincerely welcome.)
2. Visit this page every week for project updates, new pictures or videos and just because it’s fun to watch the Goal numbers go up.
3. Tell people you’re supporting a totally awesome project! Spread the word with social media sites like Facebook,Twitter and Pinterest.
4. If… I mean, WHEN we meet the $10,000 funding goal in 46 days, you get stuff! If we fall short, you don’t pay anything. But you don’t get anything, either.
Not getting stuff is not as much fun. If we raise the $10,000 early, I’ll add more stuff! More Stuff would be awesome to get.
OKAY, SO WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
$10= A .pdf of my 60 page guide for new, aspiring writers called, “Cre8ting a Keeper”. It’s fifty pages of suggestions and advice to start your book, including the difference between stories and plots, the main elements of every novel, how to develop fascinating characters and much more! Critics (otherwise known as my close friends) have called it “Great”, “Incredibly helpful” and “A masterpiece!” That last one may have been sarcastic.
$50= The Basic set of 6 Writing Blocks Idea Dice® includes the Archetype, Situation, Decision, Catalyst, Challenge and Escalation blocks with instructions.
$100= The Master set includes all of the basic Writing Blocks®, plus the Motivation and Reaction blocks plus “Story Building Solutions”, the 48 page guidebook that explores several ways to work through writer’s block and includes jumpstarts, different ways to structure a story or improve the middle of your plot and dozens of movie examples. The guidebooks will be offered in .pdf or bound print format. .
$150= After studying creativity coaching under Dr. Eric Maisel, I’ve chosen to focus on helping clients work through writer’s block. Communicating with you by phone/Skype and via email, together we’ll deal with the challenges of wanting and needing to write when Life gets in the way.
$500= The two Teacher's sets will include the Genre and Setting Blocks, as well as “The Ultimate Idea Factory”, the 26 page guidebook of suggestions for rolling new stories with detailed explanations of all the terms. It also includes teacher-approved worksheets that can be printed and filled out.
$1000= Who doesn’t love a Plotstorming Party? We’ll get together for 2-6 hours to wear silly hats and toss confetti. We'll also roll the Writing Blocks®, talk about how to craft a compelling premise, create realistic characters and, of course, outline new story ideas!
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE A CHANCE ON ME
Besides the fact that I'm totally awesome, I mean.
Writing is so intensely personal- everything on each page has to come from the heart. However, we can't create from nothing and struggling with the obstacles Life all too often throws in front of us only makes writer's block worse.
I understand that. I've been exactly where you may be- Blocked. Despite all my years of writing, writer's block happened to me at some point in every one of my manuscripts.
But it won't happen anymore!
The idea for the Writing Blocks Idea Dice® helped reconnect me with the joy of writing and, more importantly, has already allowed me to help other frustrated authors and aspiring writers.
This isn't just a product. It's a Solution that will spark your imagination every time!
Thank you so much for investing in my story. I can't wait to read yours :)
There are 3 Blocks that I feel are most helpful for creating multifaceted, fleshed-out characters and I'm labeling those the Backstory set. 3 different Blocks I think are especially helpful for driving the plot of a story and I call these the Action set. So you can choose which 3 Blocks you need most :)
Great question! I have a certain process that helps me create my characters and story ideas for each manuscript. So the Writing Blocks reflect the different aspects of my process. I assigned a theme to each Block, then did my best to choose words that are both concise and expansive. As for the final word choices, those are the result of a lot of trial and testing Lol
Can contributors have first shot at buying stocks when your company eventually goes public? I'm entirely serious, since I think this is a great idea that will take off!
Omigosh, thank you so much for your interest and optimism! However, the long-term future of the project remains dependent on a number of variables, which will be resolved over the coming months. I'll keep your idea in mind though!
Why not offer a pledge level of $20-25 with the reward being JUST a set of 8 blocks? $50 to get a set of blocks is too high.
The purpose of this crowd funding campaign is not only to fulfill the rewards to investors, but also to raise capital for a full manufacturing production. It's like when your local public television station does a fundraising drive. The baseball cap and calendar they send you certainly don't cost $150, right? :) There are also other expenses involved besides the Writing Blocks themselves, which are listed in the section, "Where Will the Money Go?", not the least of which will be packaging and mailing costs.
Think of it not as buying a set of Writing Blocks, but rather investing in the future of a product because you think it's a great solution.
I'm noticing a wide array of colors/opacity of dice. Is this set-dependent or any of them fair game?
The photos that I've chosen to post are of the prototypes I've had made by a small company in Kentucky, http://www.customdice.com. The final set will be more uniform- four primary colors, both translucent and opaque.
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MEET MIA: You could have used that dollar to buy a can of Coke or a pack of gum! Instead, you get to watch a dramatic reading from my novel, Another Side of Midnight, and enjoy me singing to you (earplugs not included). Most requested tune wins!Estimated delivery:
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CURIOSITY LEVEL: You’ll get a .pdf of my book, "Creating A Keeper- Advice for New Writers", along with my humble & sincere gratitude on a signed card.Estimated delivery:
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BELIEF LEVEL: You'll get all of the above PLUS 3 Writing Blocks Idea Dice®— choose either Backstory or Action set (International supporters please add $10 for shipping).Estimated delivery:
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CREATION LEVEL: You'll get a signed thank you card, a .pdf of "Creating A Keeper- Advice for New Writers" PLUS the Basic set of 6 Writing Blocks® along with the .pdf guidebook, "Story Building Solutions". (International supporters please add $10 for shipping expenses).Estimated delivery:
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MASTER LEVEL: You’ll get a full set of 8 Writing Blocks® (the Basic set + Tension blocks), the "Story Building Solutions" guidebook in both .pdf and print, a .pdf of "Creating A Keeper- Advice for New Writers" as well as a personally signed thank you card. (International supporters please add $10 for shipping expenses).Estimated delivery:
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EXCLUSIVE: In addition to everything in the Master Level, you'll get a limited edition IMAGINATION BLOCK [never to be in production!] and an hour of Coaching via Skype and email. #The Writing Blocks Idea Dice® part of this pledge level are guaranteed to ship from the First Production# (International supporters please add $10 for shipping expenses)Estimated delivery:
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CRITIQUE: In addition to everything in the Master Level, you'll get an evaluation of the first 25 pages of your fiction mauscript to include line edits for inconsistencies like continuity errors or tone changes, as well as an analysis of things like story flow, character development, scene structure.Estimated delivery:
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