To create your own idea ring, print out the following PDF files on the front and back sides of a single page of cardstock. Slice out the 30 cards, hole punch each and then put onto a split ring.

Idea rings can then be used to come up with story ideas. Add your own cards or card cover.

Basic prompts

These were brainstormed by several NaNoWriMo participants.

Generation of the PDF files

The Idea Ring cards were created from several components using ruby and Prawn (Prawn is excellent for generating PDF files using scripting).

Plots and Pixar tips

Here is a new set: idea_ring_plots_2013-01-09.pdf (2013-09-01)

Ruby and Prawn

To install the various ruby script prerequisites, just do:

  • gem install prawn
  • gem install open-uri
  • gem install fastercsv


Here are photos of the finished product:

All content is made available to folks under the Creative Commons Attribution - Non-Commercial - Sharealike license (so you are free to modify the script and components however you like as long as it is for non-commercial purposes and as long as you license them under the same CC license).

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