Aliens are gradually taking over the bodies of the people in your town. Only you seem to notice. What can you do? Who can you get to help?
STUCK? Try this story starter:
Things started to go weird after the night of the asteroid. It crashed over in Johnson’s fields on the edge of town. But no one noticed. Most people were watching the Saturday special on TV or were online gaming, too busy to realise what was about to happen.
Jamie was the first to notice something wasn’t right. It began in a small way. He popped to Mabel’s Store to collect the newspapers for delivery. Higgin’s wasn’t around, which was a bit odd, but Jamie figured he was out back having a smoke (disgusting habit) so grabbed the bag of papers, hopped on his bike and set off for Henry Street. He couldn’t hang around for Higgins, he would be late for school. So he dropped off the first paper at No. 19 and sped off to the next house.
Jamie finished the route by about 7:15 so headed back to Mabel’s to grab his weekly pay. Higgins was stood behind the counter saying nothing. This was odd because…
What happens next?
DID YOU KNOW? There is an old film I loved as a kid called Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) about the people in a small American town being taken over by aliens. It’s great fun.
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.