Monday Funday Short & Sweet

Hey, Everybody!

Do you know what day it is?

If you said the third Monday of the month, Monday Funday, the day Short & Sweets returns to a blog near you (er… this one! 🙂 ) then you win the penny prize!

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The object of Short & Sweets is to jump start our writing, whether it’s Monday morning or any other time of the week.  Short & Sweets are fun little exercises we can do together and share to get the writing sparks flying!  We will all inspire each other’s creativity.

I’ll supply a challenge.  You put your response in the comments.  Then scroll through and see how everybody else responded.  Maybe whatever you thought up won’t spark a story idea for you, but maybe someone else’s response will!  (And don’t worry – everything will be vague enough that there’s no way 2 people will ever write the same story off the same prompt.  It just doesn’t work that way :))

So are you ready?

Pull up a chair amongst your friends here, help yourself to a breakfasty snack, and let’s get writing!

coffeetea bagels

Here’s today’s challenge: (we’re going nice and simple to ease you in… 🙂 )

Write the opening sentence of a picture book.

The sentence should introduce the main character and the story problem.

For example:  Ava had a hard time falling asleep.

Easy peasy, right?!

Let’s see how many opening sentences we can generate!  Feel free to share more than one!

I’ll start.

Jasmine Bloom had the worst superhero power ever!

Now you go…!

I can’t wait to see what opening sentences you come up with!

Happy writing everyone!  Have a marvelous Monday! 🙂



58 thoughts on “Monday Funday Short & Sweet

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Lovely! You’ve got me wondering what kind of dreamer – a daydreamer spinning fantasy stories, or a dreamer of big plans for accomplishment, or a dreamer of world peace? I’d like to know more about Deirdre! 🙂

  1. yangmommy says:

    “Fluppy, now we don’t have enough money for it because you went over budget again on your woofie treats,” Joanna sighed.

  2. Judy Sobanski says:

    Milo Bear scrubbed extra hard behind his ears. He wanted to be squeaky clean and smelling sweet before all his friends showed up to throw the surprise party he was certain they had planned for him.

  3. viviankirkfield says:

    Sophie made a list of all the reasons why she couldn’t fall asleep.
    I am NOT afraid of stomping monsters,
    hissing snakes,
    or rustling leaves in trees.
    Just then, she heard a sound at the window. Her pencil shook as she scribbled on the next line:
    I am absolutely positively NOT afraid of buzzing bees.

  4. swugar2 says:

    At the end of a stream behind a dead tree was a lopsided forgotten flour mill. Inside lived a family of five mice and one little kitten.

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Ooh, I love this, Keila! Imagine pralines as characters – I would never have thought of that! And I can just feel the longing in Lou’s voice over the fun that presumably will be had only by others… 🙂

  5. Kelly Lenihan says:

    Lily threw back the covers of her comfy, cozy bed and whispered with glee, “Today’s the day!” she told Elephant. “I pick out my new puppy today,” she told Turtle.

  6. Heather Kinser says:

    As soon as she snipped out the cut-paper bird, Jasmine knew in her heart it would learn how to fly.

  7. Therese Kay says:

    It’s Thursday, but I hope you don’t mind that I’d still like to play!

    I was making my bed just like every morning when a piece of paper fell out of the pillow.

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