Sibling Rivalry

Sibling Rivalry

Being the oldest of four siblings, I’ve experienced my fair share of sibling rivalry. Oh, the fights and arguments and tattling! It is a wonder we survived it all, especially my little brother. He was notorious for harassing his sisters. I remember one particular morning in which he decided to wake me up with a […]

Pourquoi Tales

Pourquoi Tales

A Pourquoi tale is a fictional story that explains WHY something is the way it is. “Pourquoi” means “why” in French. Watch the video below for an example of a Native American Pourquoi tale about why the rabbit has a short tail. ACTIVITY Today, you will write your own pourquoi tale. To determine your topic, choose […]

A Teeny, Tiny Story

A Teeny, Tiny Story

Writing Prompt Use the following photographs to create a story. The photos can be used in any order. Answer the questions to plan your story. Who is the story about? What do the ants want? What is their problem? How did they solve their problem? How does the story end? CHECK-IN Write your first name, […]

Story on a Roll

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Coming up with ideas for a fiction story can be difficult. Today, you will play a game to help generate ideas. ACTIVITY GAME:  Story on a Roll NEED: paper, pencil, die (If you don’t have a die, you can play use playing cards #1-6 OR write #1-6 on small pieces of paper.) PREPARATION: […]

Summer Vacation- DISASTER

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Writing Prompt Use your imagination to dream up the perfect vacation. Who are you vacationing with? Where are you going? How did you get there? What activities did you plan? Insert a terrible problem. (Look at the photos below for ideas.) What problem got in the way of your perfect vacation? How did everyone react? […]

What’s Your Problem?

-The Questions of Conflict

What's Your Problem?

When planning their story, authors use various tools to determine plot line and character development. One effective tool they use is “questioning”. By questioning or interviewing their main character, authors develop a deeper sense of who their character is and how conflict affects them. This, in turn, helps the reader to connect to the character. ACTIVITY […]

The Infomercial

the Infomercial

In 1975, advertising executive, Gary Dahl invented the “pet rock” after hearing his friends complain about their real pets. Gary sold 1.5 million pet rocks for $4.00 each, making him a millionaire in only 6 months. ACTIVITY Today, you are going to write an infomercial script for a new and improved, updated and contemporary pet rock. […]

Oh, JOY!

Oh, Joy!

What brings you joy? The Oxford American College Dictionary defines joy as “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness”. Synonyms for joy include: jubilation, triumph, exultation, rejoicing, happiness, glee, exhilaration, exuberance, elation, euphoria, bliss, ecstasy, rapture, enjoyment, felicity, joie de vivre, jouissance, thrill, delight, pleasure, merriment, thrill… What brings YOU joy? Is it the sound of rain […]

“Listen To Me!”

Listen to me

Dialogue is simply the conversation between two or more people within a story. Writers use dialogue to: move the plot forward reveal the relationship between characters increase tension reveal character show how someone feels ACTIVITY Today, you will write a dialogue between two characters. You do not need to write the full story. Choose one of […]

Words Worth Keeping 2

Words worth keeping 2

Yesterday, we talked about the power of words You wrote a letter offering love and encouragement to someone you care about. Click HERE to see yesterday’s prompt, “Words Worth Keeping“. Today, you are going to use powerful words to encourage yourself. Adults quickly forget the joys, hopes, and dreams of childhood. You are going to help your […]

Words Worth Keeping

Words Worth Keeping

Under my bed, there is a box which holds some of my most precious treasures… items from my childhood, handmade gifts from my daughters, awards, family antiques, photos… and a stack of letters from those who care about me. Though the letters and envelopes are old and worn, the words of love continue to encourage me today. When […]

On Location

On Location

When newscasters, screenwriters, and movie directions use the term, “on location”, it means they are filming at the physical site of the story. Writers can bring their readers “on location” by describing the setting. The setting may include: geographical location (city, state, and/or country) description of location conditions (socio-economic or environmental conditions) time historical context seasons […]

The Perfect First Line

The Perfect First Line

As writers, we must be great fishermen. Yes. Fisherman. In other words, we must “hook” our reader and convince them to keep reading our story. We do that by creating a great first line.  Read the following first lines and see if they grab your attention: “It was a bright cold day in April, and […]

Attic Treasure

Attic Treasure

By Michelle Lynn Senters Writing Prompt of the Day 1. IMAGINE: During a recent visit to your Great Aunt, you snuck away from your family to explore her grand, old house. A long stairway took you to the attic, which contained furniture, trinkets, toys, books, and clothing from long ago.  Something caught your eye… 2. QUESTION: […]