Write-30 No.34

Fire in the dark

Fire Spirit.

Imagine you place a stone on a fire. The stone cracks open to reveal a fire spirit dancing in the flames. What does it want? What do you do?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
I placed the stone in the fire; the stone that was as black as night and shaped like a small bird’s egg. And waited. The flames licked around its sides. Was that a small crack? The stone suddenly makes a sound like bones snapping and splits in two. Out steps…

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.

Write-30 No.33

black pencil on white book

The Photo.

Pick a photo from a photo album. Describe what the person or place looks like. Write the story behind the picture.

Grayscale photo of man and woman riding bicycle on road

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Look at the picture above.
The man is called Jamie and he is wearing a long flowing blue shirt and some baggy grey trousers while pushing his bicycle…

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.

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.

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.22

Gray industrial machine

Time Machine.

You have built a time machine. What year do you go to first? To the past? Visit the egyptians or King Henry VIII? Or to the future? What will happen there?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
I fed a copy of ‘The History of the World’ into the machine’s reality matrix. It googled it hungrily. The neutron cortex was at full power. The machine was ready and waiting. I climbed on the seat.
But where to first? 1600? 1700? Or even 2030?
I couldn’t decide. There was only one thing for it. I pulled the randomiser. Now, it was any body’s guess.

What happens next?

DID YOU KNOW? There is a famous story about a time machine called Time Machine by HG Wells. A brilliant and famous sci-fi writer.

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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.

Wishbone Billy on Audio!

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CLICK HERE: Wishbone Billy – audio book
Also avaible on Spotify SPOTIFYand itunes ITunes(Apple).

First three Chapters now available to listen to for free!

A non-stop, edge of your seat ride with Billy on his magical journey in search of new, better parents. Have your parents ever annoyed you? Have they ever done something you could never forgive? Well, Billy has annoying parents. In fact, he has the worse parents IN THE WORLD! They are lazy, selfish and cruel. His life is terrible. What can save him?

This audio book is full of eccentric, zany characters that will have you laughing out loud.

“It’s a brilliant, amazing and clever book.” – NIAMH, AGED 9

Check out this new episode!

Write-30 No.21

Brown tree trunk surrounded by green grass

The Tunnel.

You are walking in the woods when you come across this tree with a hole. Curious, you peer in. You discover a tunnel. Should you go in? You decide to risk it. What happens next?

STUCK?Try this story starter:
“I hate you!” I slammed the front door and stormed off. It wasn’t fair. My stupid parents wouldn’t let me go to Karen’s party just because it was on a school night. I was going to miss the best party of the year.
I entered the old woods at the end of my street. It’s where I always go when I’ve had a bust up with them. I find it calming. Things don’t seem so bad when I’m there. Except this time it wasn’t working. So I kept walking until I came to a clearing I hadn’t come across before. Right in the middle was a twisted, gnared old tree. Maybe an oak? I don’t know such things. It had a hole at the base of the trunk, Curiousity got the better of me. It always does. I peered in. It seemed to be some kind of tunnel. I just had to go in.


What happens next?

 

DID YOU KNOW? There is a book about a tunnel called The Tunnel by children’s writer and illustrator Anthony Browne. It’s great.

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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.19

man holding alien drawing

Alien In The Bathroom.

It’s bath night. Your dad has run you a bath. You go to the bathroom to get in. You stop suddenly. There in the bath, splashing in the water, is a little purple alien. What happens next?

STUCK?   Try this story starter: 
“Jamie, bathtime,” called dad.
Reluctantly I left my computer game, Planetfall 7, and made my way to the bathroom. Best to get it over with. Suddenly, I was stopped in my tracks. I couldn’t believe my eyes. There, sat in my bath, playing with the bubbles and my favourite yellow duck, was a little purple alien.

What happens next?

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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.17

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 food to eat is…

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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.10

towel 1

Meagical Journey.

You are stood on a towel in the bathroom that someone has dropped. Sighing about having to stay in yet again, you say, “If only I could go to somewhere else.” Suddenly, the towel rises up in the air with you on it. You fly out the window. Where do you go?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
“It’s not fair being stuck in this house day after day!” Sarah yells.
“Sarah, be reasonable. Everybody has got to do it,” said mum.
“Well, I hate it!” Sarah goes into the bathroom and slams the door shut. It was her favourite place to go to get away from everyone. It was her only place to go with a house full of people. The only place she would be left alone.
Standing on a discarded orange towel, Sarah looked longingly out of the window.
“I wish I could go to a land of castles, princesses and knights. It would be so much better than here,” she sighed.
Suddenly, the towel rose into the air with her on it and …

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 1: OSM

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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’m going to introduce a few of them here.

1) Onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia is the sound things make. It’s how a writer lets reader know what a sound is exactly like. Common ones are things like: crash! bang! wallop!
But the real fun happens when you make some up of your own, such as Splurrgting!
That’s not all. You can play around with how they look on the page and so how the sound was made:

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Here the sound is going from quiet to loud as if someone is getting more and more annoyed

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and here it is like they were being noisy and were then told to quieten down. Both great fun and when a writer is having fun so is their reader.

2) Simile. Similes help a writer describe what something is like to a reader by describing something it is similar to with regards shape, colour, smell, size, behaviour, texture…Basically saying one thing is like something else.
You use the word like or as in a simile.
The best similes often match the genre or book type you are writing in. For example, these wouldn’t be out of place in a horror:

the ghost was as white as a bag of bones

the spirit’s face was pale  like bone

Although you can have fun writing unexpected similes:

The princess flicked her golden hair around her face as beautiful as a slug.

3) Metaphors. Metaphors are very similar to similes in that they help a writer decribe something to make it clearer to the reader. The key difference here is you are not saying something is like something else but it is something else.

A simple example is this:
the man ate like a pig  (Simile)
the man was a pig eating (Metaphor)

More complicated:
his eyes burned like flame (Simile)
his grin with eyes of flame 
(Metaphor)

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.