It’s the third Monday of the month, and you know what that means!
Well, no, not donuts… although that is a good guess and given the “sweet” in today’s activity maybe we should have donuts…
So, ok, donuts:
But what I was actually referring to, you incorrigible donut hounds 🙂 , is Monday Funday Short & Sweets!
Nothing like a little warm-up writing fun to kick off the day and the week, don’t you think? Who knows what great story idea we might spark from this!
Today’s Short & Sweet will work best if you don’t peek. I’m not quite sure how to accomplish that on a blog post, so let’s go on the honor system – no scrolling down yet!
First, pick a number from 1 – 10. Got it? Write it down.
Now pick a number from 1 – 10 again and write that down.
Now do it again.
And now one last time.
(BTW, it’s okay if you pick the same number more than once. If you want to make it really random you can roll a pair of dice and just discard any 11s or 12s you get. Or take an Ace through 10 out of a deck of cards and randomly choose cards to see what numbers you get.)
Hopefully you now have 4 numbers between 1 and 10 written down. (For example, I have 5, 9, 3, and 2.)
Now. Use your first number to select from this list:
- a boy who comes from the Land of Nod
- a guinea pig who always carries a lucky penny
- a princess who is mischievous
- a knight who hates to get wet
- a dinosaur who is forgetful
- a king who loves licorice
- a witch who loves to whistle
- a monster who is shy
- a robot who is to curious
- a cowboy who loves bugs
Use your second number to select from this list:
- outer space
- a birthday party
- the shore of Lake Chaubunagungamaug
- a city sidewalk
- the edge of a meadow
- the soda fountain
Use your third number to select from this list:
- nap time
- June twilight
- just after losing first tooth
- during a blizzard
- snack time
- after losing the big game
- first light of morning
- the day before Halloween
- the first really hot day of summer
- moments before the school play
Use your last number to select from this list:
- someone’s feelings have been hurt
- someone is having a bad day
- someone had a fight with a friend
- someone is stuck or trapped somewhere
- someone is lonely
- someone can’t climb to the treehouse
- someone wishes s/he were bigger
- someone is moving away
- someone is being chased by an animal
- someone broke his/her big toe
You should now have a randomly selected character, setting, time, and situation/challenge – everything you need to prompt a story!
In the comments below, list the 4 you got and write 50-100 words of whatever story they suggest to you! Don’t agonize! Don’t over-think! We’re all among friends. Just write! All we’re doing here is priming the pump. If all you can squeeze out is 50 rusty words, that’s fine! You wrote 50 words in the middle of your hectic, busy day! But maybe, just maybe, 25-50 more will trickle out a little less rusty, and maybe after you’ve written your 50-100 here you’ll find you’ve got a gush of clear water rushing forth and a whole new story will well up and land on your list of accomplishments for today!
Oh, and if you find it’s too hard to include all 4, it’s okay to just use 1, 2, or 3 of the prompts you picked – the exercise is just to get ideas and words flowing 🙂
Here’s my example in case you don’t quite get it:
The numbers I chose were 5, 9, 3, and 2, so I get
Character #5 – a dinosaur who is forgetful
Setting #9 – circus
Time #3 – just after losing first tooth
and Situation/Challenge #2 – someone is having a bad day
Given these prompts, I might write the following 50-100 words:
So far, Reinhold was not having a good day.
He was last to the breakfast table so all the Frosted Flakes were gone.
His favorite blue-sequined tight-rope walking outfit was in the wash, so he had to go to practice wearing the stupid red and green striped one that made him look like a triceratops-shaped elf.
Worst of all (and the reason he had been late to breakfast) he had lost his first tooth.
This should have been a good thing. He had been looking forward to this moment for months, ever since Jiminy had lost his first tooth…and then Alvin…and then Sparky.
He had begun to worry that maybe his baby teeth were going to stick in there forever. Maybe he’d never lose a tooth!
But now he had.
And he hadn’t just lost it. He had LOST it.
Tonight the Tooth Fairy would come to the rainbow-colored circus tent where Reinhold was supposed to be sleeping soundly.
She would look under his pillow for his first baby triceratop tooth.
And she would find . . .
Because Reinhold could not remember where he had put it!
Okay. So I went a little over with 188 words 🙂 But I hope you’ll get carried away too!
See how easy?
Ready, Set, WRITE!!!
I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!!! 🙂