Writers, start your computers!
It’s time for Week #2 of the 2021 Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Writing Challenge!
Mix ‘n’ Match Mini is a writing challenge for anyone who needs a little boost or a little encouragement to get writing….or maybe just a little fun!
You get to write your own story, enjoy and be entertained by everyone else’s stories, and get yourself in the running for some awesome prizes (please see the end of the blog post for a list of all the prize goodies…which keeps getting added to!)
For a full description of the challenge or to enter your Week #1 entry, please go HERE.
Let’s jump into Week #2!
Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Writing Prompt #2 for Week of May 17:
Last week we played with character needs, an important thing to keep in mind when you’re writing because characters should always need or want something desperately – a goal, an object or possession, a role, a quality, to prove something (to herself or someone else), to overcome something. . . You all did splendidly!
This week we’re going to play with a specific story type: the cumulative tale!
Cumulative stories build and build, growing sillier, or more chaotic, or more outrageous, or more complicated with each new addition, as in There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly.
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog …
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird …
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.…
Some published examples of clever re-tellings are:
There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed A Knight by Penny Parker Klostermann
There Was An Old Monster (Who Swallowed A Tick) by Adrian, Rebecca & Ed Emberly
There Was An Old Gator Who Swallowed A Moth by B.J. Lee
Your mission, should you choose to accept it 😊 is to choose an adjective from Column A, a character from Column B, a verb from Column C, and a noun from Column D. Mix ‘n’ Match and write your own version!
e.g. There Was An Old Cowboy Who Lassoed A Bear
There Was A Huge Baby Who Lived On A Boat
There Was A Shy T-Rex Who Wished For A Friend
|Column A – Adj.||Column B – Character||Column C – Verb||Column D – Noun|
|Shy||T-Rex||Ran From/Ran To/Ran Up||Sword|
|Huge||Kitten||Played Tricks On||Bear|
|Small||Python||Wished For/Wished On||Moon/Star|
|Cute||Lion||Lived With/Lived In/Lived On||Boat|
If choosing from all 4 columns is more than you want, or if you don’t like any of the words but the list inspires you to think up your own words, feel free to use as many or as few from the columns as you like and supply the other words yourself, but you must follow the format:
There Was A(n) ___ADJ___ ___CHARACTER___ Who ___VERB___ A(HIS, HER, THE) ___NOUN___
and it must be a cumulative story!
- Stories can rhyme or not – totally up to you!
- You can go under or over 100 words if you want to – also totally up to you! – 100 is just a guideline
- If you’re deeply inspired by another set of words, go for it! – the purpose here is inspiration and to get you writing!
- For simplicity’s sake (and to aid skimming readers who might be interested in a particular thing) please say which column items you’re using at the top of your entry along with your name, title, and word count.
There Was A Cute Kitten Who Followed His Nose
by Marcia Writer
cute, kitten, followed
So come join the fun! Get some writing done! Encourage your kids (or students) to give it a try! Or just have a good time together reading what other folks have written!
Post your Week #2 story in the comment section below, or, if you have trouble for any reason and can’t post yourself you may email it to me using the Contact Form and I will post it for you.
Ready, set, WRITE! 😊
(And remember, for full details on the 7 week challenge you can check HERE)
Check out the Week #2 stories!
There Was A Small Baby Who Wished For A Star – Sue Lancaster
There Was A Wild Warthog Who Wanted To Dance – Sally Yorke-Viney
There Was A Shy Monster Who Followed A Toad – Jen Subra
There Was A Young Cowboy Who Lassoed A Bee – Rose Cappelli
There Was A Strange Witch Who Turned Into A Bee – Candice Marley Conner
Who Might She Be? – Dawn Young
There Was A Brave Grandma Who Followed A Star – Erin Cleary
There Was An Old Grandma – Isabel Cruz Rodriguez
Where Is Baby’s Bear? – Hannah Roy LaGrone
There Was A Smart Grandma Who Bullied A Bee – Kimiko Wadriski Lumsden
Traffic Jam Baby – Elenore Byrne
There Was A Huge Monster That Lived In A Tree – Erika Romero
There Was A Huge Baby Who Followed A Bear – Leslie Degman
I Know A Small Baby Who Swallowed Some Milk – Lauri Meyers
There Was A Mean Cowboy Who Lassoed A Bee – Aly Kenna
There Was A Huge Heron Who Followed A Toad – Jill Lambert
There Was An Old Cowboy Who Wished For A Boat – Candace Kubinec
There Was A Shy Kitten – Nicole Loos Miller
There Was A Shy Monster Who Lived On A Star – Susan E. Schipper
There Was A Small Kitten Who Followed A Toad – Barbara Farr Renner
There Was A Weird Warthog Who Lassoed A Bear – Lyn Jekowsky
There Was A Brave Baby Who Followed A Bee – Deb Sullivan
There Was A Wild Warthog Who Wished For A Witch – Susan Summer
There Was A Young Writer Who Wrote A Great Word – Sarah Meade
Wishing Kitten – Julie Kurtz
There Was An Old Monster Who Wished For A Boat – Brenda Whitehead
The Nose Of A Kitten – Elizabeth Volkmann
There Was A Mean Monster Who Swallowed A Toad – Laura Bower
Come To My Party – Ashley B. Pedigo
There Was A Brown Cow Who Lived In A Tree – Marty Bellis
There Was A Strange Cowboy Who Wished For A Friend – Sophia Zafra
There Was A Shy Lion Who Wished For A Friend – Marta Cutler
There Was A Brave Woman Who Wrote Down A Note – Ashley Sierra
The Hungriest Python Turned Into A Boat – Allison Strick
There Was An Author Who Got Stymied By The Prompt – Joyce Uglow
There Was A Small Kitten Who Followed A Bee – Diane Irving
Are you New? – Marla Yablon
There Was A Shy Lion Who Wished For A Friend – Lauren Scott
There Was A Strange Kitten Who Lassoed The Moon – Linda Schueler
There Was A Smart Baby Who Followed A Star – Elizabeth Meyer zu Heringdorf
There Was An Old Grandma Who Followed A Ghost – Marta Cutler
There Was A Brave Grandma Who Lassoed A Witch – Jeannette Suhr
There Was A Brave Zookeeper That Taunted A Bear – Sarah Hawklyn
There Was A Wild Zookeeper Who Ran From A Bear – Jana Mattern
There Was A Smart T-Rex Who Played Tricks On A Witch – Bevin Rolfs Spencer
A Huge Baby Swallowed A Witch – Bru Benson
There Was A Brave Baby Who Followed A Bee – Jamie Bills
The Old Cowboy – Katie Schwartz
There Was A Cute Baby Who Charmed A Mommy – Christine Alemshah
There Was A Brave Baby Who Followed A Bee – Sara Kruger
There Was A Strange Cowboy Who Lived On A Boat – Michelle S. Kennedy
The Grandma Who Bullied A Bear – Lynn Katz
There Was A Brave Baby Who Followed A Witch – Padgy Soltis
There Was A Shy Monster Who Taunted A Tree – Amy Leskowski
A New Friend – Mia Geiger
There Was A Smart Grandma – Marty Findley
There Was An Old Cowboy Who Lassoed A Star – Melissa Wrex
There Was An Old Cowboy Who Wanted A Friend – Robin Currie
Not Guilty – Colleen Owen Murphy
There Was A Wild Warthog Who Ran Up A Tree – Deb Buschman
PRIZES & PRIZES OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES!
When it comes time for prizes, names of all those who complete the challenge will be drawn randomly and matched with prizes drawn randomly until we run out! 😊
Please join me in thanking these very generous authors and other writing professionals for contributing their books and writing expertise as prizes by visiting their websites and blogs, considering their books and services for gift purchases, rating and/or reviewing their books on GoodReads, Amazone, B&N, or anywhere else if you like them, suggesting them for school visits, and supporting them in any other way you can dream up! 😊
⭐️ Picture Book Critique from Penny Parker Klostermann, the lovely and talented author of THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT (Random House 2015) and A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE (Random House 2017)
⭐️ 30 Minute Q&A with Penny Klostermann
⭐️ Picture Book MS Critique from Jen Raudenbush, agented writer of picture books, middle grade, and poetry. (Represented by Natascha Morris of The Tobias Literary Agency)
⭐️ 30 minute Zoom chat about anything industry related (manuscript, query letter, best practices for querying) with Becky Scharnhorst, amazing author of MY SCHOOL STINKS (Philomel Books, July 6, 2021)
⭐️Picture Book Manuscript Critique with Audio Recording by author and poet Sarah Meade (details coming)
⭐️ A copy of Mary Kole’s Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Writers, donated by Nicole Loos Miller
⭐️ Making Picture Book Magic Self Study Class (any month)
⭐️ Magnetic Poetry – Little Box of Happiness