What out of this world responses to my last prompt, Detectives! I loved all of your stories, and have chosen Eiza’s summer holiday in space, Olive’s scary mission to Mars, Wildflower’s diary of a planet and DetectiveGirl’s escape room story to highlight!
This week I’ve been inspired by Grace, who asked me to do a prompt on natural disasters. I thought it was a great idea, and so this week I’d like your stories to be inspired by the phrase it’s a disaster.
Like Grace suggested, your disasters can be natural (a flood, an earthquake, a fire), or they can be human-made (a train crash, a shipwreck). They can be huge or very small – your disaster could be a parent refusing to let your character go to a party, or a teacher unfairly putting your character into detention. Losing somebody or even something special can be a disaster too – I lost my favourite toy when I was three and I’m still sad about it when I remember it’s gone.
As always, you can interpret this prompt however you like – with a song, a poem, non-fiction, fiction, a story you write with a friend or on your own … it’s all up to you! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
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.
Writing is a way that I work through all of my fears and sorrows, and so I think writing about sad and terrible things happening is a great way to feel better about them. So enjoy creating your disasters this week, Detectives!