Roll the dice!

Here’s an idea if you’re running short of inspiration! Locations, times, characters, items and sins! Take a dice and roll and whatever number that’s what you have to write about. So for me…

The setting is Abbey Tow, it’s autumn, Kit Buxton and Charles Consett are involved, earphones and slippers play a part in the story and the sin is jealousy or sloth. I actually have a dice (or more correctly die) and I have rolled it each time and that is what I have come up with!

You (or your writing group) don’t have to use my list – you can make up your own! The places in my list all have a small village feel from their names, you could create a more varied list of locations. I tried to use ageless names – I know people with these first names of all different ages, young and old. The items on my list are all very ordinary – your list could contain more exotic or unusual things…  and lastly, the sins – I used the old Biblical list, but there are more specific, more contemporary iniquities!

Six places:

  1. Abbey Hulton
  2. Abbey Tow
  3. Abbeydorney
  4. Abbeyfeale
  5. Abbeyshrule
  6. Abbeystead

Six times of year:

  1. spring
  2. early summer morning
  3. autumn
  4. winter
  5. winter’s night
  6. summer

Six characters:

  1. Toby Whitty
  2. Freddie Miles
  3. Grace Gaynor
  4. Emily Mainwaring
  5. Kit Buxton
  6. Albert Borrowdale

Six other characters:

  1. Isobel Hankinson
  2. Alice Oliver
  3. Henry Champness
  4. Lucy Corns
  5. Charles Consett
  6. Clara Graham

Six sets of random items:

  1. black cardigan, cycle helmet
  2. two house keys, brown framed glasses
  3. black infantry watch, sketch pad
  4. gold faced brown strap watch, coat
  5. 2 silver rings, drinks bottle
  6. earphones, slippers

Six sins:

  1. jealousy or gluttony
  2. envy or pride
  3. sloth  or wrath
  4. jealousy or sloth
  5. envy or gluttony
  6. lust or pride

Should I try and write what the dice has rolled? I think I should!

PS From ‘etymonline‘:

Dice (n.) early 14c., des, dys, plural of dy (see die (n.), altered 14th century to dyse, dyce, and 15th century to dice. “As in pence, the plural s retains its original breath sound, probably because these words were not felt as ordinary plurals, but as collective words” (OED). Sometimes used as singular 1400-1700.


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