POEM: Man In The Moon

Half moon

 

There was a man in the moon,
Who switched the lights off too soon,
Day turned to night,
All people in fright,
Running in fear of the doom.

 

This type of poem is called a limerick.  It was made popular by Edward Lear in the 19th centurty. I just love these types of poems. They are great fun to write because of the clear structure and rhyme pattern. 

A limerick has five lines with a clear AABBA rhyme pattern:

There was a man in the moon, A
Who switched the lights off too soon, A
Day turned to night, B
All people in fright, B
Running in fear of the doom. A

and a da-de-da-de-da, da-de-da-de-da, de-da-de-da, de-da-de-da, da-de-da-de-da rhythm to it.

Why don’t you have a go?

There are more examples here: https://www.brownielocks.com/kidlimericks.html

Write-30 No.57

Write 30

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 idea: Pick a place, an object, and then a person from a book. Write about them.

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.50!

alien eyes

Alien Invasion.

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.

Write-30 No.49

Cooked shrimp with green vegetable on red plate

The Queen’s Dinner.

You are the head chef at Buckingham Palace. The Queen has asked you to prepare a banquet in honour of a visit by the New Zealand Prime Minister. What food will you provide? Write the menu.

STUCK?   Try this story starter:

STARTERS

Tomato soup
made from rare bead tomatoes
collected by the elves of Epping Forest

What’s next?

 

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.42

blue muscle car jumping in the road

Rocket Car.

You have built a rocket car. It is the fastest car in the world.  What does it look like? What noise does it make? What do you do with it?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Jamie stood by the machine. It was finally finished. All those years of toil, sleepless nights, missing out on going out with friends, had been worth it. It was ready. Hesitantly he pulled out the starter keys and looked down at the gleaming machine. Its ….

What happens next?

DID YOU KNOW? There is a book about an amazing car. It is called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming (he also wrote James Bond). It was also made into a famous musical film.

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.41

Gold statue of man holding gold statue

Talking Statue.

Imagine you are sat in a square waiting for your mother underneath a statue. What if it suddenly spoke to you? How would you react? What would you think? What would it say? What would it want?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Of course she was late. Mum is always late. Whenever she says, “I’m just popping to the shop for a few things,” it’s never a few. And so I find myself sat on a cold ledge beneath a boring grey statue in the middle of a dull empty square. There is nothing worth looking at. There is nothing good about this place.
I hear a cough. But it is not me and there is no one else who could have made it. How strange. I look up at the face of the statue above me. It has a chiselled chin, crooked hat and long wavy moustache. I joke, “I suppose that was you?”

What happens next?

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.39

Blue button up long sleeve shirt

The Invisibility Cloak.

What if you got an invisibility cloak? What would you get up to? Where would you go? How would feel?  What might go wrong?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Uncle Mortimer had been a strange chap who was always trying out new ideas, inventing new things. And his house reflected that. Rooms full of cogs and gears attached to different sized boxes; vast collections of objects found on walks like rocks, sticks and even a dead pigeon; jars of liquids of numerous colours, some swirling, some almost a mist; and a room we were not allowed in. The Inventing Room. Of course, telling a nine year old you are not allowed in there meant Jamie was going to go in. And what a room. Papers and scrolls everywhere, on the floor, on the large desk in the centre of the room, and books lining the walls. It was a sea of paper. All except a wooden box sat on the desk on top of some papers.

What happens next?

DID YOU KNOW? The book serial about Harry Potter by JK Rowling has a boy that is given a magical coat of invisibility.

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.38

Three men in red t-shirts and blue jeans

The Shrinking.

Imagine you started to shrink. What would you do? How would you feel? How would you survive? What would the world look like?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
I knew I shouldn’t have eaten that sweet I had found. It had looked a bit odd. A sort of greenish colour with a touch of yellow, and red lumps like crystal. My mother had always told me to not put things in my mouth. But, of course, I didn’t listen. In it went. And it tasted so good. Probably the best thing I’ve ever tasted. I looked around for more but no luck. Then I began to get a strange feeling. A…

What happens next?

DID YOU KNOW? There was a film called The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) about a man after a strange rain storm who begins to shrink. It’s great fun.

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.37

Yellow lane roadway

The Mysterious Path.

Imagine you came across a strange coloured path. Would you follow it to find out where it goes? And what would be at the end?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Jamie skipped through the green woods happily, collecting wild flowers for her mother for mother’s day. Her mother would love them. Out of the corner of her eye, Jamie spied some bluebells just to her left in a clearing. She darted between the trees and began frantically picking. Bluebells were her mother’s favourite. Her hands full, Jamie looked down at her handiwork. It was certainly an impressive bunch. It was then she noticed that where she had cleared the flowers there could be seen what looked like a yellow brick path. It seemed to head off between two old, twisted trees.

What happens next?

DID YOU KNOW? There is a book about a girl who finds herself in a magical land and has to follow a yellow brick road  to an amazing city. It is called The Wizard of Oz by L.Frank Baum. It was also made into a famous musical film.

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. 36

Buildings on island

The Trip.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? What would see there? What would you do? What would the food be like? 

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to a small private island. It would be an island that…

What happens next?

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.