Mom 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!
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:
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.
Today’s story starter is a chance for you to practice yesterday’s exercise in describing the setting.
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.
>Hope you had fun writing yesterday as you reimagined something you enjoy. Ready for this week’s story starter? Don’t forget to ask yourself good questions before you get started with it, okay? Happy writing!
Boy was mom mad! I ran across the yard to my favorite tree and climbed up as fast as I could. That’s when it hit me ….
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 …
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!