I’ve had a set of Rory’s Story Cubes for a while now, but I have yet to put them to good use. If you haven’t heard of Rory’s Story Cubes before, they’re sets of six-sided dice with pictures on each side. I’ve got four sets: Original (the brownish ones), Actions (blue) and Voyages (green), which are full sets of nine dice, and Enchanted (pink), which is a set of three dice to mix in with the other sets. If you’re looking to buy your own set of Rory’s Story Dice in South Africa, you can order them online from Raru. Some physical stores may also sell them. Exclusive Books used to but I haven’t seen them in stores for a long while. Let me know if you do find other shops selling them! There’s also an app if you prefer your dice in digital format.
The dice come in sets of nine, because their creators feel this is a good number to use to create stories and work the brain a little. They suggest using three dice each for the beginning, middle and end of a story created with these dice. Of course, their site is also full of many other ways to use Rory’s Story Cubes.
What I’d like to do is use the cubes as inspiration for writing. I already write pretty often for this blog, but I’m keen to try my hand at writing stories. NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to write 50,000 words in a month. So I’m going to try write short little stories using the cubes as inspiration. This is by no means an original idea: I spotted it on another blog a while back.
Below are the nine story cubes I rolled this week. I’m going to try a new set of cubes every week to see if it helps me get into the practice of writing something besides blog posts. I’ll post the cubes I roll here every week in case you’d like to use them as inspiration as well.
If you’d like to share your stories with me, I’d love to read them. Just leave a comment below with your story or a link to wherever you’ve posted it. You might just give me the courage to post my own stories on here!