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!