Commas: The Consequence of Getting Them Wrong

Having published my last blog post earlier today, I took a look around the wondrous world of the #writing hashtag on Twitter.

Lurking there, silently watching other writers and and their offerings to the world, I felt a little like a stalker, truth be told. I also found some useful resources and a few great pieces of advice though, which made the stakeout worthwhile.

Then I found this (much thanks to: @CollChris) and I just had to share it. I haven’t seen a better illustration of the importance of correct comma usage since Eats, Shoots & Leaves (mentioned on this blog before here). Genius.

Oxford Comma

The Die Has Been Cast

In the first of a series of writing exercises, I’m challenging myself to use Rory’s Story Cubes to help me pen some short stories. I have cast the die and the gods have spoken – my story shall feature the items pictured below. Think you can come up with a story based on these pictures? Why not join in and give it a go? I’ll be back later this week with my story. *scratches head.*


What’s the Story, Rory?

Rory's Story Cubes

Rory’s Story Cubes

So, I’ve been stuck in a bit of a creative lull of late; spending a lot of time thinking about writing but not doing much actual writing at all. Then, as if by divine intervention, I was in a craft shop in Belfast today buying feathers (life as a PR consultant leads you to buy all manner of random items) and I spotted these little beauties on a stand beside the till.

I had heard about Rory’s Story Cubes – the multi award-winning storytelling game created by Northern Ireland man, Rory O’Connor – quite some time ago, but I’ve never seen them up close.

The nine dice like cubes contain a different picture on each of their six sides; the aim of the game to create a story connecting each of the nine images. The pack boasts that there are millions of possibilities – I’ve never been great at maths but when you sit and think about it, there really are.

Story Cubes have proved particularly successful as a teaching tool, helping to encourage creativity in children, picking up numerous top toy awards over the last few years. I’m hoping they might spark my creativity and ignite my imagination too. I’m going to try my hand at a few short stories this weekend, using the cubes.

As impulse buys go, this will surely prove more productive (and better for my waistline) than chocolate. Stay tuned for my first attempt…