Writing Prompts and Story Cubes

I found a fun and useful writing tool in the form of Story Cubes.  These dice-sized cubes come in a nifty storage box to be taken out when you want a burst of creativity.  Take out four—or five, or as many as you want—cubes and toss them on your table.  Taking only the images that appear on the top of each cube write your poem or story.  The cool thing is an image can mean different things at different times depending on what genre you were planning to write, your mood, and in relation to the other cube’s images. 

Writing Prompts and Story Cubes

There are thousands of possibilities (their box and website says 10,000,000 possibilities).  I’m all for creative play and anything that will shake-up my imagination.  This story generation tool might work for you, too.  I like using them for flash fiction and I imagine poets would have fun with them as well.  Think of them as writing prompts on dice.  There are a couple of versions and there’s even an iPhone app!  I just added them to my growing list of the perfect gifts for writersDo you have a secret writing tool?   I’m eager to hear about it.


  1. Hi Victoria, I came to your blog via Twitter early this morning and now that work’s done for the day, I can finally take a look around at a more leisurely pace/human hour!

    Funnily enough I got a box of these for Christmas after requesting them as a gift. I first heard about them from a writer friend on Twitter who used to post weekly writing challenges (#WeekendWriter), using prompts often drawn from these little cubes. I found them an incredible boost to my ability to focus on one idea as a starting point for a story.

    The aim of course was to integrate all nine cubes over the course of the challenge, and I generally found that one of them would grab me right at the start, and the others would slot into place somewhere around that first image.

    So, in short, these are a GREAT tool for writing short fiction. I intend to use them this year to help me write another dozen short stories so that I can finally publish them as an eBook! 🙂

  2. Hi Rosanna–
    Thank you for stopping by! So pleased you like these little cubes too. You’re right, they are great for short fiction writing. Good luck with your short story collection. Let me know when you’ve published them.

  3. Hi Victoria,

    I love these cubes! I’ve generated a couple short stories from these as well as broken a few creativity log jams along the way.

    I’m a big fan of writing prompts also. Whether a phrase, a theme, a word, or a picture, it’s amazing how much can come from something so small.

    I had no idea there was an iPhone app- thanks for the tip!

  4. Hi Rob–
    Thank you for sharing your experience with the Story Cubes. I’m also a fan of story prompts and I agree that anything that breaks through a creativity log jam is a great tool!

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