Well done, detectives! You dreamed so big – I loved your inspired and wonderful responses to last week’s prompt. I particularly enjoyed Ria’s story about the Queen of the Skies, Sofia’s story where singing makes you soar, Maemenah’s story about Drift and Lucy’s story about a girl with intriguing magical powers, but all your stories were fantastic, and I could have chosen any of them to highlight. That’s what I love so much about this challenge – you win just by taking part!
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship. I miss my friends so much right now – we’re talking on Zoom, but it’s just not the same as being able to go hug them! Because of that, I’d like you to write about friends for this prompt. You can write about your own friends (though if you do, please change their names a bit!), your favourite fictional friends, a friendship that’s healthy and positive or one that’s toxic (where one ‘friend’ is mean to another). You can write about a big group of friends or a pair, your friends can spend all their time together or be far apart, like a lot of friends are right now, they can be historical, present day or futuristic. They don’t even need to be human!
The rules …
- It can be as long or as short as you like, and take you as much or as little time as you want.
- It can be any genre (type) of story you want. If you have an idea for something that I haven’t mentioned (writing a poem! Being inspired by a song you love! Writing non-fiction!), don’t wait for my permission – just go for it! This is your creativity working!
- You are not allowed to worry about grammar or spelling.
- You are not allowed to worry if it isn’t perfect, or criticise yourself as you’re writing.
- You are encouraged to make a plan before you begin, to make it easier for you to get to the end of the story. This can be two words or a whole page! But if you don’t want to do this, you don’t have to.
- Get to the end of the story without stopping to go back and fix bits you don’t like. Once you’ve finished, read it through again. If you still don’t like those bits, you can edit them now!
- If you want (and only if you want!) you’re allowed to post the first 500 words of your story in the comments below. I have to moderate the comments so it may take a while for them to show up – please be patient. I don’t want to see you apologising for your story or minimising what you’ve done when you post – writing a story is a triumph and you should be proud!
- Please do not use your full name when you comment – first names are fine, or you can make up a username that you like! Also remember to stay safe online and not get into private discussions with anyone you don’t know in real life without telling an adult first.
- If you like someone else’s story, you are allowed to comment to say so! If you’d like to give them ideas that might make their story even stronger, that’s OK, but please be kind and remember how deeply we all care about our writing. A good format for feedback might be something like: ‘I loved ****! Have you thought of ****? I think it might make your story even better!’ I will delete any comment if I feel it’s critical without being constructive.
- I can’t promise to give feedback on any individual stories – I’m not marking them!
- This isn’t a competition, and there will be no winners and no prizes, though I may choose a story or two to highlight in future posts.
Good luck, Detectives, and cherish your wonderful friends!