Write-30 No.32

Astronaut standing on plant field

Planet Fall.

Major Jamie Smithers has landed his spacecraft on the planet. It is completely different from Earth. How is it different? What does the astronaut see? Is there life there? What does it look like?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Major Jamie Smither touch down the sleek silver spacecraft onto the surface of the planet. This was it. Ever since Planet X763K was discovered, scientists wanted to send someone there. And it was down to Jamie. Would the planet hold the solutions to the Earth’s problems as hoped?
Jamie climbed down the ladder from the ship and landed on the purple soil of the planet. Well, that was certainly different.

What happens next?

DID YOU KNOW? There is a story about a mouse astronaut called Meteor who joins the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour. It is called Moustronaut by Mark Kelly, who was a real life astronaut.

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write – 30 No. 31

Grayscale photography of person playing ball

The Match.

The score is tied. There are two minutes to the end of the match. What game are you playing? Who will be victorious? Who will win the trophy?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
I pulled myself off the ground. That was a dirty tackle. But I couldn’t focus on that. I had to keep my concentration and win the ball back. Too much was at stake. I needed to prove to the rest of the team that the coach was right to bring me on at the last minute. That I was not just a bench warmer.

What happens next?

DID YOU KNOW? There is a great book about a football keeper known as El Gato, ‘The Cat,’ and the mysterious person who taught him. It is called Keeper by Mal Peet.

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Writing Trick 2: RAC

Man holding book

Often I get asked, “Oi, mister! How do I stop people falling asleep when they’re reading my writing?”
And I reply, “My name’s not Oi Mister.” Then I tell them about Writing Tricks.
I introduced Onomatopoeia, Simile and Metaphor last time in Writing Trick 1: OSM. 
Here are a few more.

1) Repetition. This is when you repeat a word to make it really stick in a reader’s mind because you think it is important. Here’s an example of it being used:

The sound was coming from the end of the corridor. Jamie peered into the blackness. Thud. Thud. Thud. It was getting nearer. What was it? Jamie’s hands felt hot and clammy and sweat trickled down his back as his heart pounded in his chest. Thud. Thud. Thud.

A great example of using repetition can be found in The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.

2) Alliteration. This is when a writer wants to make a phrase stand out and so writes three or four words together beginning with the same sound. For example:

The six silly sausages skipped and swirled down the street. Oh! This was so much fun! This was far better than being in that frying pan. And who wanted to be eaten anyway?

3) Cliffhanger. A cliffhanger comes from old movie serials where the hero at the end of an episode who be left in peril like handing onto the edge of a cliff. The Indiana Jones‘ movies use them a lot. They usually come at the end of a chapter or section.
Here’s my example taken from Wishbone Billy:

Billy said nothing. He dragged his weary body to the kitchen to do his next chore before dinner. Little did he realise that a terrible disaster was about to happen.

So next time you are writing, why not try some of these tricks out but remember the most important thing: have fun with your writing and your reader will too.

 

Write-30 No.30

Woman sitting on floor front of stage

Star Academy.

You have won a place at a world famous stage school. In your first lesson, you find out you must put together a performance with others for the end of the week. What will your show be like?  Will it be a success?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Jamie sat at the back of the classroom full of nerves. She had made it. She was at Richard Harris’ School of Performing Arts. Mrs Wilson, the black-cladded drama teacher coughed to get everyone’s attention.
‘Students, it may be your first week but it doesn’t mean you can start easy. We expect high standards and believe students must hit the ground running if they are to achieve all they can achieve. So, this week you must form groups of four and put on a performance in the main auditorium. It can be a dance, a play extract, a song, a mixture of the three. You will be graded on the results. It’s over to you.’
Jamie sat stunned. She hardly knew anyone there. How would she form a group? And would she be good enough?

What happens next?

DID YOU KNOW? There is a series of books about a girl who goes to stage school but really wants to practise her circus skills. It is called Olivia’s First Term by Lyn Gardner.

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.29

Mansion near empty patio table

Mansion House Mystery.

Lord Alfred Jenkins, a billionaire, has been found murdered in his mansion. The murder weapon: poison. But who did it? A famous detective is called to the scene of the crime. Write the story.

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Detective Lucy Smith looked down at the body of Lord Alfred Jenkins, slumped on the dinner table. Someone had definitely poisoned the ice-cream. But who? The problem was there were too many suspects. Ever since Lord Jenkins had changed the Will many of the family had a reason to murder him.

What happens next?

DID YOU KNOW? A famous detective writer who often wrote murder mysteries was called Agatha Christie. One of her most famous books is Murder On The Orient Express and features her famous detective Hercule Poirot.

What is Write – 30?

Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.28

Clear glass mason jar

Potion Recipe.

Write a recipe to make a potion. Write the ingredients and how to make it. What will your potion do?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Recipe To Make Your Feet Smell of Flowers
Ingredients:
7 Lavender Plants
1 Jar of Vanilla Seeds
6 Tubes of Mint Toothpaste
1/2 Bottle of Bubble Bath…


What next?

DID YOU KNOW? There is a famous story about a potion recipe made by a boy for his grandma. It is called George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl.

Write 30

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.27

Woman sitting and writing on notebook

Free Choice.

Write about anything you want. It could be about your day, about a TV programme, a computer game, in fact anything you want.

STUCK?   Try this story starter: My favourite computer game is…

 

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.