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DIY @ Home Craft: Story Block Writing Prompts

Story Block Writing Prompts example

May 22, 2020

Are you looking for a way to liven up your writing? Many writers use prompts to get started on a story. Writing from a prompt can lead you to ideas and feelings you would not otherwise have discovered. Here’s a creative project to try at home!

Supplies needed:

  • A block of wood
  • Sandpaper
  • Antique picture books, catalogs or magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue or Mod Podge
  • Small paintbrush


  1. Take your block of wood and sand off the rough edges using sandpaper.You can work with any size block (perhaps you have pieces left over from a birdhouse or furniture project.) Often lumber mills will give away odd ends for free

step 1 of making story block writing prompts

2. Cut out interesting-looking pictures from older picture books, catalogs or magazines. Look for images that mean something to you. When you set images together they don’t have to be the same style or from the same source. Get creative! See what new combinations you can make. It’s important to take your time arranging the clippings in different ways until you get a pleasing result.

step 2 of making story block writing prompts

3. Glue each clipping onto a block of wood. Using a bit of Elmer’s glue to hold the clippings in the right position, brush over the block surface with Mod Podge or a watered down glue. Let each side dry completely before flipping it over or stacking blocks together.

step 3 of making story block writing prompts

4. Use the images on the blocks to create a poem or short story (this is the hard part, right?) Write about the thoughts and emotions these pictures bring to mind. Are they happy, scary, or curious? Do they remind you of an experience you’ve had? Explain who the characters are. Give them a back story. Tell us how they met. What will happen next?

step 4 of making story block writing prompts

Adults Writing

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