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Story Starter Tuesday

Today my first book went live to Amazon.com! You can grab a copy on Kindle or read it on your computer, iphone, ipad, etc. with the Kindle app. After you get your copy, let me know how you like it by leaving a review. Then, come back here and have fun imagining you’re the author of a brand new book with today’s Story Starter. Maybe someday soon I’ll be downloading your first book and sharing it on my website with the world!

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It sold out in just minutes. I was going to be rich! I glanced at the cover and smiled. Who knew a simple story could change my life? It was about a kid who went on a long journey and discovered…

Having trouble with this one? Ask yourself a few questions:

1. What is your book about? (this is the obvious question, right?)

2. What does the cover look like?

3. Where are you standing at the beginning of the story?

4. What would you do if you became a best-selling author?

5. What book would you write next?

I would love to hear your ideas. Come back and tell us all about it when you finish your story.

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Story Starter Tuesday

Since Camp Nanowrimo is on my mind today, and I just finished telling you all about my week at camp, how about we make our story starter camp themed this week? You can thank me later.

story starterMom pulled up to the front gates and turned to me with a smile. “We’re here, honey. Grab your things, we’re losing daylight and you’re already late. I leaned out my window to stare up at the old, faded sign that stretched over the gravel drive. It read, Camp Windelmore. I sighed. I couldn’t believe my mom was leaving me at a camp she knew nothing about for three whole weeks!

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Story Starter Tuesday

Today is my son’s birthday!  So, in honor of his special day, I thought we could have some fun with a birthday themed storystarter.  I asked the birthday kid to help me out and here is the story he wanted us to tell:

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I just had the most crazy birthday party EVER!  My parents took me out to dinner and on the way home they were acting sort of funny.  As we pulled up to the house, I started to suspect something was up.  We walked up the front steps and my parents hung back a little.  “Go on,” they said. “Open the door.”  So I reached out and twisted the doorknob, pulling it open with a jerk.   “Surprise!”

Boy was I surprised!  You will never guess what happened next.

 

How does your story end?  Birthday boy here says his story includes a portal to another world!  Leave a comment and tell us what awesome thing happened in your own story.

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Story Starter Tuesday

Today’s story starter is a chance for you to practice yesterday’s exercise in describing the setting.

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I crept silently up the marble staircase and down the carpeted hall.  At the end stood two massive oak doors with brass handles.  Reaching up, I tugged on the door handle until it came open with a groan.  I gazed into the massive room, awestruck.  It wasn’t what I had expected at all!  This room was like nothing I had ever seen.

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>Story Starter Tuesday

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If you missed the lesson on how to get more out of your story starter fun, click here



 Here is this week’s story starter:

I was so excited to be his assistant for a day that I accidently dropped the cup he had given me.  The liquid spilled out onto the grass, forming a small puddle at my feet.  But then I noticed something strange …

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>Writing Exercise: Story Starters

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***Congratulations to Becca Campbell who won a free copy of Island of Fog!***



Ask yourself this question…. How to get more out of story starters.
My kids say I should be offering more ways to get kids writing.  I completely agree.  They suggested a few fabulous ideas and one of them is the classic “story starter”.  So, starting tomorrow, I’ll be offering up a story starter each week for you writers out there who need a little jumpstart.  Share them with friends, make a game out of it.  See who can write the most fantastic story from one little sentence.  But first, I want to teach you how to make a story starter more fun and more effective.  

Let’s say I give you a story starter like this one: You are riding through the woods with a group of friends.  Then, suddenly….

Well, that should be an easy one, right?  But wait!  Before you start writing ask yourself this question – What are you riding on?  How many of you read that story starter and instantly pictured your friends on either a horse or a bicycle?  What other things could you be riding through the woods?  Could you be riding a motorcycle?  Inside a car or even a royal carriage?  What about riding on a unicorn?  A dinosaur?  A giant spotted leopard?  A mutant plant?

Do you see how asking yourself that one question could change the entire direction of a story?  It could change the genre from classic fairytale to alien space adventure!  Write the unexpected.  Imagine something new.  Tomorrow I’ll give you a new story starter to play with, so come back and this time… bring a pencil!

Gotta Write,
Heather