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Pez019_0385_webOk, so maybe a poem’s not just going to pop out like PEZ, but you sure as heck can do a lot to help it along.

One of my favorite techniques is actually something that I picked up from teenagers who stole it from the little kiddles, so you can bet that it’s fun.

It’s a product called Storybuilders and it happens to come from a company that caters to educators who are trying to give reluctant writers a spark.

writeshop_storybuilders2_thumbBasically, it’s a set of ebooks that when printed out form a deck of cards with categories like: Character, Character Traits, Setting, and Plot.

Now, I know that this sounds Card_set_thumblike something for pulling fiction from grade schoolers, but trust me, it works just fine for poetry and for adults.

Some of the entries may seem simple (ex: a fishing boat as setting and an elf as a character), but it’s when you mix up the decks that your rockets will really start firing.

And the best part is that once you get started, you can add your own cards for a personalized deck! I like to paste in pictures straight out of magazines, as well as add words.

A few things that I added this week are: cyborgs, Chibis, and sharks. And I actually ended up with something really fabulous when I threw that last one into the deck.  [Hope to hear back from a lit mag on that one soon.]

So here’s wishing you equal success in all of your own experiments. And please feel free to post if you have something that you want to share. 🙂