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Alternative Uses for Common Objects

Sometimes, it pays to just get silly with stories. One place to start is with items around the house. Choose random item, something you use every day, and write a story about an alternative use for that item. For example, everyone knows you drink water out of a glass. But […]

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Create a Story ‘Bible’

If you’re working on a novel, it can be hard to stay consistent and remember all the details for your characters and settings. To do this, it can be helpful to create a Story ‘Bible’. A Story Bible is the place where you keep track of details such as: Character […]

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A different point of view

As a writer, it can be easy to get in a rut and tell stories from the same point of view. We pick a main character and tell the story from their point of view. Sometimes we may use first person, other times third person, but it’s always the point […]

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Character Name Resources

One of the questions that come up often is how to find names for your characters. We have a lot of fantastic resources that we use, here are a few of them. Baby Name Books – there are websites for baby names, however when I’m really stuck, I open a […]

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Add a Zombie…

There is a meme that goes around social media from time to time along the lines of – pick a book/movie and write ‘with a zombie’ to the end. Sometimes the zombie is replaced with chainsaw, or some other creature or object. If your child is having trouble with the […]

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It’s about the story…

We often get asked about encouraging kids to write stories when they struggle with hand writing or are struggling with other aspects of their literacy. We are also asked why we let kids use their laptops or iPads in our sessions, instead of insisting they use paper and pen. It […]

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Start with a Character

When I was sorting out our games cupboard a couple of years ago, I discovered we had multiple sets of Guess Who type games (one was Guess Who, the others were other brands with the same idea). Each set had cards missing… So, I collected all the cards and added […]

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Let them write

It can be tempting to hover when our kids are writing and correct their spelling and grammar, as well as push them into writing the sort of story we think they should write. One of the best things to do, is to just let your children write whatever they want, […]

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Before You Submit

You have written a fantastic story and you want to submit it to a competition or to be published in an anthology. There are a few things you need to do before you press submit on your story. Remember, don’t submit your first draft, unless the rules specifically say it […]

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Create an Alien

Creating weird and wonderful characters are a great way to kickstart the imagination, especially when you have nothing to base your character on. Aliens are one character that can be explored as you’re not limited by mythology. Some kids will start with a stereotype of a green man from Mars, […]

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