I shared yesterday over on Technorati how helpful Rory’s Story Cubes and Pinterest can be to facilitating creative writing, especially during NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program 2011. Wondering what the heck I’m talking about? Intrigued? You can read more over there. (New window will open.)
Note that there are two bad links in that story. I tried and tried to fix them, but Technorati won’t let me. Sigh. Here’s the correct link for the NaNoWriMo YWP program: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/ . And here’s the correct Twitter account: http://twitter.com/#!/nanowrimoywp. Mea culpa.
Now for a personal anecdote about Rory’s Story Cubes: Tater and I tried out the dice with my mother last week. It was the most fun that the three of us have had in a very long time. There’s no “wrong” way to use the cubes, and we settled on taking turns crafting a tale from the rolled dice.
My advice on using them? Keep the storytelling intentionally zany. Take creative risks! Stretch yourself! (Pssst… My mother doesn’t want me to tell you this but she wound up making a story about the three “modern” wise men: Dr. Oz, Ozzie Osbourne and Gene Simmons. My mother… she’s over 70 and she’s still a hoot.)
By the way, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo 2011. I finished NaNoWriMo 2009 and loved it! This year I’m drafting a non-fiction work–so it’s really NaNonWriMo, I guess. You can come back here and see my daily word count in the far right-hand column. Wish me luck!
• NaNoWriMoYWP 2011 has a fabulous collection of lesson plans that can be adapted for homeschool use. There’s even advice for preliterate kids.
• StoryStarter.com Jr edition has over 700 story starts. (Is it me or is that a tongue twister?)
• Let’s give credit where it’s due… I learned about NaNoWriMo YWP and Rory’s Story Cubes from #gtchat on Twitter. The weekly chatfest is held on Fridays and moderated by Deborah Mersino. If you or one or more of your children are accelerated learners, then it’s worth dropping in on the conversation from time to time.