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.

Lockdown Activity:Write-30 No.1

Write 30

What is Write – 30?

Write – 30 is a daily activity  aimed at kids 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.

The whole family/household could do it and then share the results afterwards!

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 -3o for 27/03/20:

The Spaghetti Dinosaur.

You walk into the staff  room at your school. There is a dinosaur sat at a table eating tinned spaghetti. What happens next?

STUCK?  Try this story starter: I entered the staffroom looking for Mr Fitzsimons but instead saw a great big dinosaur sat in Ms Hillard’s  favourite chair eating tinned spaghetti (with tomato sauce). The dinosaur was…

 

 

WRITING TIP 3: What If?

whatif 001I am often asked, “How do you get all your ideas?” And I usually reply, “Thinking!” (Not really). It is a very important question to ask because without ideas you face the horror of the blank page! Da-da-dum. That’s the moment when you are sat at your table or lying on the floor or under the covers of your bed with a brand new piece of paper and a pen ready-for-action. Only problem is: your head is empty! What can you write about? You want to write something but what?

A good way to come up with ideas is to play the What if…? game. That’s when you ask yourself a series of What if questions until you come up with an idea you might want to write. You might come up with lots  – so have a notepad ready.

Here’s what I mean by What if questions:
What if bananas hated being eaten by monkeys and decide to fight back to stop it happening?
What if my dad gradually turned into a gorilla?
What if I found a magical gold coin that could transport me anywhere?
What if killer cucumbers from space started to invade earth?
What if people disappeared when visiting the house at the end of my street?

I’m sure you get the idea. It doesn’t matter how daft some of the What ifs are as long as you let your imagination go wild and you jot your ideas down. Don’t think “I can’t write that, people will think it’s silly,” because the story is not theirs. You are writing the story so it’s your story so you can write what you like. You’re the boss!

Have fun!