5 ways to use your storytelling cards
Updated: Feb 2, 2019
Im sure if you have bought a pack of storycards you’re a fan of story telling and have lots of ideas on how to use them but if your brain’s not working today or you received them as a gift and have no idea where to start here‘s a few ideas:
A great was to start planning a story or just working on character development. Pick a character card and ‘ask‘ them a set of questions (easier if there’s two of you and one can ask and one can pretend to be the character). Try not to think too hard about the answers say the first thihg that comes to mind. You can make your own list of questions but here’s some to get you started:
Do you have any brothers or sisters?
What’s in your pocket?
What food did you last eat?
What’s your bedroom like?
What’s your favourite book?
Are you messy or tidy?
Do you prefer rain or sun?
Where would you like to visit?
Do you have any hobbies?
What time did you get up?
What was the last thing you bought?
Who is your best friend?
This time just pick a setting (you could repeat the question game) try and describe what it would be like to be there. Think about the weather, size of place, how it feels, whether anyone is there, what you can see etc
3. Character and setting
Pick a character and a setting. You can choose which ones you’d like to put together or for a challenge put the cards face down and pick at random. Imagine your character is visiting the place. Tell a story about how they got there, why they are there and if they will leave again.
When telling a story with a character and setting you can add props to shape the story. You can pick out a prop (or as many as you like before hand) or for more fun pick up random ones and add them into the story as you go along.
Give your main character a friend. Pick another character and add them into the story. For more fun why not tell the story with one of your friends and each be a character. Your characters can have conversations and different opinions (even have an argument!). This will help to build believable characters and conversations.
More ideas coming soon! In the meantime give these a try and why not share your story on my social media.