Choose a Mess

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By Michelle Lynn Senters-

We have a fun and easy day of writing today!

ACTIVITY

Everyone loves a great mess, except for mothers. Choose a mess from the photos below and write a short story.

To make a fantastic mess of a story:

  1. Introduce your characters and scene.
  2. Slowly build to the climax to a climax. Create anticipation. Build. Build.
  3. BAM. Everything’s a mess. A complete disaster. Make the reader feel like they are THERE.
  4. Resolve the situation. Is someone in trouble? Who cleans it up?
  5. Remember to give your characters voice and personality. Make your story funny and relatable. After all, we have all gotten into a mess before.
  6. Illustrate your story, if desired.
  7. If you want to write another story, choose another photo or write about YOUR biggest mess.

CHECK-IN

Write your first name, age, and story idea in the comment section below. You may share your short story, if desired.

blue frosting

what pillow

spaghetti

big boys cook

didn't do it.

first day of school

like daddy

food fight

wall art

it dropped

headshot small


Michelle Lynn Senters is the Founder and Director of KIDS ARE WRITERS. She spends her days working as a Reading Interventionist and spends her evenings writing books for children and adults. You can learn more about Michelle HERE and at www.michellelynnsenters.com.

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12 thoughts on “Choose a Mess

  1. Emily, 13, I’m thinking maybe picture 6. My story may go something along the lines of the whole town starts to sink into mud or something like that.

  2. My name is Bella, and I think I am going to go with picture 9. It is about a boy who drew on everything and became a famous artist one day.

  3. My name is Bella, and I think I am going to go with picture 9. It is about a boy who drew on everything and became a famous artist one day. I hope that you don’t mind, but I made the story into a poem.

  4. My name is Kaylie. I like number 9, too. My story is about a boy who was getting so into drawing on the wall that he forgot he wasn’t supposed to… and didn’t hear an angry mother creeping up behind him…

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