Write-30 No.43

Blue and white petaled flowers

Treasure.

You are at your grandparents’ house playing in the garden. Suddenly, you foot hits something buried under the earth. You did it up. What is it?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
I was stuck at grandma’s again. I had been dumped there again by my dad who ‘had to work.’ He is always working. He never seems to have time for me even after mum died. You would think that would make a difference but not him. He had to work. There is not much to do at grandma’s house except explore her garden. It’s large, slightly overgrown with a myriad of different coloured plants. Anyway, I was near the back which is just all greenery and rather dull so I don’t usually go there. Then it happened. I caught my big toe on something under the ground. Some sort of box, I thought, as the corner was poking up out the ground.

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.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?

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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.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.

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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.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.

Write-30 No.35

Person holding black android smartphone

Spies.

You are sat at home when a message pops up on your mobile phone. Your friend has been captured by enemy spies. You need to go to a secret location and rescue them. What do you do?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
The telly was playing in the background as Jamie flicked through the pictures on his mobile phone aimlessly. God, he was bored. A message popped up across the screen. It was from Jo.

>URGENT. Have been captured by enemy agents. Need your help. Being held at Zanrock Base. Recover the USB stick then get me. Time is running out.>

What happens next?

DID YOU KNOW? The first James Bond spy novel was called Casino Royale and was written by Ian Fleming (Published 1953).

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.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.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.

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.