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The FAME Cards ~ 40 prompts based on key elements of creativity
Play is our brain's favorite way of learning. ~ Diane Ackerman
After years of facilitating others' creativity, through one-on-one mentoring, workshops and retreats, Connie developed a reliable creative stimulus for writers, teachers and creators of all ages. In quicksilver fashion FAME prompts ~ Focus, Awareness, Momentum, Expression ~ rouse creative productivity. Spontaneity and imaginative responses occur naturally. Order the pocket-size muse for solo or group play. (Bulk orders available upon request.) Have fun with your creativity!
Group and Solo Players Say . . .
Writers at the premiere teen group realized:
The cards challenge the boundaries of a set mind.
I had the opportunity to explore dusty locks of my writing . . . go beyond the door.
Interesting: the forced idea in flow. That is, the cards force me to do a certain thing.
The cards make you think and go to other parts of your imagination.
Writers at the premiere children's group suggested using FAME:
when you're bored and have nothing to do
when you have a little idea but need a bit to continue on
to help you get ideas and write more often
Writers at the premiere adult course remarked:
I can have fun - don't take the act of writing too seriously.
Playing FAME was stimulating and catalytic.
There's value in spontaneous writing exercises, bypassing the intellect (figuring out beforehand what to write).
The Momentum cards prompted me to get going and keep going.
Writers at the premiere adult workshop experienced:
spontaneous, unexpected focus of topic
renewed commitment to writing
unlocked creative expression
breakup of a log jam of several years
“Simple, provocative, and helpful, Connie Frey's little deck of creative prompts provides a stepping stone into writing, whenever we want, wherever we are. I keep a set in a tiny bowl on my desk and draw on them for spontaneous inspiration. Also great fun to use in groups, everyone drawing a card, or everyone writing on the same prompt.” ~ Christina Baldwin (author of Storycatcher and other titles)
“They were a wonderful catalyst in my work! The group took on a sense of fun, which is something that tends to be lacking with this population at this stage of sobriety. I love bringing out the talents and treasures from individuals who are so beaten down. It provides a wonderful sense of empowerment.” ~ Certified Addictions RN
“When I get ‘stuck’ in my writing, the cards that suggest physical movement help me loosen up and come at it from a fresh perspective.” ~ Marlene Grand Maitre (poet in two anthologies, Breaking the Surface and Mocambo Nights, and numerous journals)
“I pull a card from the deck and use it to guide and inspire my dancing.” ~ Todd Wilson, dancer
“They’re a handy, pocket-sized tool. I carry them to the beach or on my hike, along with my fold-up watercolours. The size allows me to have them on my person, when I need them, rather than sitting on a shelf at home. The cards refresh my brain. They’re very personal and work like the mirror does for my painting. They turn things topsy-turvy by shaking my perspective up. No one can give me that view of myself, or my creativity, except me.” ~ Linda Macfarlane, artist
“I like the surprises each card offers. Each one set me on a path right away. The excitement of the FAME deck is like opening a new gift each time.” ~ Travel writer in process of becoming a novelist
“I was dubious at first, but after having them around for a while, working with some of them and having so much fun, I now view them as a reward: ‘Oh man, if I get enough done then I can pick one of these cards!’ No expectations, no demands – that was an important thing for me!” ~ Academic and nonfiction writer
“In the morning I pull one card from the FAME deck and use it to get into my writing. I loved the card that read ‘Interact with any concrete aspect...’ I thought about it for a second, then danced with the wall! Wow, what creative fun! Thank you for these gems of inspiration.” ~ Christine Terry, writer