Share this story
Close X
Switch to Desktop Site

Take the Reader by the Hand and ...

Did you ever want to write a story?

About these ads

One day a fourth grader, whose name was Jeff, did something he probably shouldn't have - a thing any kid might do.

A GOOD start to a story? If you said yes, chances are you'd like to know more, because as fun as this might be to read, it's far from the whole story. It's missing all the specifics: the how and the whys and the whos and the whats. You don't know anything about the plot yet (what happens in the story); there's not much humor or suspense. It's a skeleton - all bones and no meat.

As readers, we want the meat.

As writers, we have to oblige.

Writing a story is easier than you may think; anyone can do it - certainly you. All you need is some paper, a pencil (or, if you like, a computer), and your imagination. A quiet room also helps.

Good stories start with good ideas. "What should I write about?" kids ask me. It's a good question. I'd like to help you write a story that's based on something "true" that happened to you. Or something you saw happen.

Maybe you're saying, "But nothing exciting ever happened to me." Surely that's not true, but if you're stuck for an idea, let me give you a few things to think about that'll get your memory going. (After all, many stories come at least partly from a memory - a recent one, or one from long ago.)

So here's an "Ideas for Ideas" list. Think about: (1) a time you learned a lesson: "Don't sled down that steep hill," my mother warned me when I was a kid. I did anyway and crashed into a tree; (2) a day that turned out to be a catastrophe for you: Like the sixth-grade boy who wrote about accidentally locking himself inside a jail cell on a field trip to the local police station; (3) the "best" time of your life, such as winning a big game, or dancing in the "Nutcracker" ballet; (4) an event you were an eyewitness to: "The Day I Saw an Elephant Play the Piano;" (5) your most embarrassing moment - we've all had those!


Page 1 of 6

Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.