Blockbox loves your work

Blockbox is a set of ideas and prompts to help you re-think your writing project.

When you’re stuck, see if Blockbox can unblock your head. You’ll get shown a card at random: try doing what it says. Try Blockbox now.

This project started as printed cards (see project history below), but I didn’t have the time or capital to invest in printing them at scale, so they sold out pretty quickly. Rather than making empty promises to print more at some unspecified future date, I thought it might be easier for everyone if I switched from atoms to bits. Hence the new digital version.

(If you’re in the right mood, you can also try Anti Blockbox, a set of prompts from a parallel universe that hate you and your stupid idea. Anti Blockbox doesn’t want you to succeed. Anti Blockbox thinks you’re an idiot, and will tell you so repeatedly. Anti Blockbox knows all the bullshit that writers say to make themselves feel better, and can see right through it. Be warned: Anti Blockbox contains misery, low self-esteem and swearing.)

Send questions and feedback about Blockbox and Anti Blockbox to

Project history:

Alpha version, 2014
Published version, 2014-2015
Digital version, 2017


The following people helped make Blockbox happen: Brian Eno, Ella Fitzsimmons, Matthew Sheret, Mark Boxall, Ali Kelly, Zara Farrar, James Holloway, Liv Steatham, Russell Davies, Libby Miller.

Alyson Fielding came up with a brilliant response to the cards, and turned it into a blog of its own.