Write-30 No. 9

Two rolled brown paper in clear glass bottle

Message In A Bottle.

You are out walking on the beach when your foot hits a half hidden bottle. Picking it up tp put it in the bin, you notice a piece of paper scrolled up inside. You pop the bottle open and pull out the paper. Unrolling the paper, you see a message. What does it say?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
I pulled out the piece of paper and unfurled it. There was shaky writing on it, quite faded, but I could just make out what was written there. It said:
“To who it may concern,
My name is Jamie and I am…

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. 8

boy in gallery

Talking Pictures.

On a trip to an art gallery you are left alone in one of the rooms by mistake. There is no one else there. Suddenly, one of the paintings begins to talk.

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
I peered up at the figure of a woman holding a vase of flowers. It wasn’t the most exciting painting I’d seen but there was something about the smile on the women’s face. All of a sudden she coughed.
“Can I help you?” she asked.

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

Man holding book

Often I get asked, “Oi, mister! How do I stop people falling asleep when their 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:

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

splurrgtingbigtosmall
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.

 

Write-30 No.7

Red and white striped socks

The Present.

Your rather eccentric Uncle Clarence has given you a present. Considering last time it was a baby dragon he found in the Amazon, what is it this time?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Holding my breath, I ripped off the red wrapping paper covering the box and lifted the lid. Curled up, inside, no bigger than my hand was a small white horse. At least, at first I thought it was a horse but on closer inspection I noticed…

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.6

broomstick copy

 

School Report.

You have been sent your school report from the Snarkles School for Young Warlocks and Witches. What did your broom flying instructor say? Are you good at flying like that show off Malcurt or a total disaster like Hangard?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
BROOM FLYING
Achievement: F
Effort: B
I am sorry to say that your son is one of the worse warlocks I’ve ever seen on top of a broom. Why, just the other day he flew…

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.5

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 TV programme so far this week has been…

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. 4

Drago Cartoon-Vector

A Letter To Aunt McTavinkish.

You are looking after Aunt McTavinkish’s pet dragon but things are not going well so you write her a letter to tell her what’s gone wrong. Write the letter. What bad things have happened? What do you want your aunt to do?

STUCK?  Try this story starter:
Dear Aunt McTavinkish,
About the pet dragon you asked me to look after.
Things are not going 
well. They’re terrible in fact. Just today it…

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.3

Blue and white ball on brown wooden surface

The Marble Crusher.

The Head Teacher has a devilish device: a marble crusher. Just don’t let her catch you playing marbles. Write the story about when you got caught.

STUCK?
Try this story starter: The Head Teacher loomed over me like a dark figure of doom.
“What?” she bellowed. “Are those marbles?”
I tried to hide them behind my back but it was too late.

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.2

Man in black coat sitting on brown wooden chair

The Wish.

What if you were granted a wish. Just one wish from a genie. What would you wish for? Be careful – things can go wrong. Write the story about what happens.

STUCK? Try this story starter: The great green genie stood before me. His bald head shining in the sun and his red beard blowing in a breeze.
“I will grant you one wish. What will it be?”  he demanded.

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

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…