The name-change was for a number of reasons. Firstly, Brain-in-a-box sounds kind of gruesome.
Secondly, S.O.C.K is an abbreviation of Story Outline Construction Kit - which is exactly what the tool is.
Thirdly, S.O.C.K-in-a-box is a metaphor for creativity, playing dress-up and make-believe, The box illustration gives a vital clue to this concept.
Imagine, as a child, coming across an old dusty trunk in the attic. You open the trunk and find it full of oddments, bric-a-brac, junk....and an odd sock
(so THAT's where all the odd socks go!). You pull out the sock and what do you do? Immediately make a sock-puppet, that's what! You have created a character and a scenario, something to react to, possibly a setting, some form of conflict your sock character is facing. You are story-telling as its most basic form. Now, what else is in the trunk...
This is the very foundation of S.O.C.K-in-a-box. Pulling a random sock (or a sword, a crown or a rocket ship for that matter) from a box of miscellany is a metaphor for drawing an idea from your brain, toying with it, developing it, combining it with other ideas, to create a story. And guess what? That's exactly what writers do.
5.9 BILLION possible outcomes of story outline.
Now tell me that's not cool.
S.O.C.K-in-a-box is now available to buy from the Resource Store.
NOTE TO TEACHERS: If you are interested in inviting me to your school for a S.O.C.K demonstration, please do get in touch.