This week Jude Carroll helps you develop new stories with inspiration for creating ideas, characters, speech, action and setting. Give it a try and if you’re proud of what you wrote, why not upload it to our library!
Activity 1: Words warm up
Choose one word from each section and make a story which includes those words – it can be as long or short as you like.
This is my effort:
There was nothing the tiny man liked more than to sing. Every day he sang the same song. The only trouble was his wife hated this song. One day she got so fed up with what she called his ‘racket’, she threw a shoe at him. The shoe got stuck in his mouth, so preventing him from exercising his vocal chords. This made his wife very happy.
Activity 2: What’s this all about?
Study the picture carefully. Who are they? Where are they? What has just happened? What might happen next? Give each character a name. Now draw a thought or a speech bubble for each character.
If this was a scene in a cartoon strip, draw or write the next scene…
Activity 3: Do a quick drawing of yourself, surrounded by thought bubbles. Fill the bubbles with random thoughts or ideas you have had recently.
Activity 4: Finally, a riddle to solve:
What occurs once in a lifetime, twice in a moment, but never in one hundred years? (answer next week)