Each week I’ll be posting a new Story Starter here, perfect for getting kids and adults writing. This one is based on my short story Swoop from My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up.
All Australians understand the blinding fear of magpies in the springtime. I wrote this story a few years ago to vent my frustration with the magpie living on the telegraph pole in front of my house. When I sat down to write I set myself the simple challenge of getting my character, Tom Weekly, from his house to the bus stop without being swooped or humiliated in front of Sasha, the girl of his dreams. Then I threw absolutely everything I could at him in order to stop him from getting there.
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Vision-Board: One of the tools that I use in my writing is to gather pictures like those above that feel like the story that I am creating. I collect them together in a folder on my computer desktop called a Vision Board. Can you find some images of a dangerous domestic / suburban animal from sites like Google Images and Flickr and use them as inspiration for a story? A personal favourite Google Images search is ‘Weird Cats’. Give it a shot and see if it inspires anything.
|Magpie Illustrations by Gus Gordon from My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up|
Once you have a couple of images you can use the Creative Bank timer app on my Create page if you like. Set yourself either 5 or 10 minutes. Don’t think. Just write. See what happens and let me know how it goes.