Story Scramble


by Carrie Charley Brown-

Writing and reading go hand in hand. Today we’re going to take a field trip to the library. Don’t worry… I won’t drive the bus too fast!

Our purpose for this trip is to borrow some books and turn them into mixed up stories of our own. Even published authors have a hard time coming up with new ideas. But, a quick trip to the library, or your bookshelf at home, can solve that quickly. Hop on the bus, hold on tight, and get ready for some fun!

1. Gather 5 books. They can be favorites or new stories of any kind…picture books, middle grade, young adult or even novels. Just make sure you choose the ones that you are interested in the most. My passion is for picture books. (Even adults love them!)

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2. Read each book. If you have chosen middle grade or above, it may be wise to choose books you have already read to make this activity accessible sooner.

3. List the story elements for each book: setting, main character, problem, and solution.

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4. Cut each column apart and place in separate piles.

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5. Mix up the pile or throw it in the air. Select one winner from each pile.

6. Look at your new story elements and decide how to make them work together in the same story. Put your own spin on characters and incorporate your unique writing voice. Have fun writing!

We would love to hear which scrambled story elements you used. Comment with your first name, age, and the four elements you used. If we each submit a comment, there will be lots of new story scrambles to work with! No two stories come out exactly the same!

Carrie Charley Brown- coach

Carrie Charley Brown juggles ideas every day as a children’s writer, teacher, blogger, and mom.  She believes success is possible with the next best idea.  Learn more about Carrie HERE and at