Collage May 2017
Collage by Vicky Lorencen

“No one is perfect . . . that’s why pencils have erasers.”  ~ Wolfgang Riebe

Writing is a skill, like shooting hoops or playing an instrument. The more you practice, the better writer you will become. Plus, using your imagination is fun! (But that’s not news to you, right?)

Let’s get started!

Idea #1: Ask an adult at your house to fill a paper lunch bag with small things like a spoon, a stone, a pine cone, a long piece of yarn, a small plastic toy, an old key, a photo, a coin, a button, a crayon, a seashell and other random little objects.

Now, without looking inside, you can pull one thing out of the bag.

Take a good look. What does this object make you think about? Does it remind you of anything? How could it be part of your story?

For example, if you pulled a pine cone from the bag, maybe you would use your imagination to write a story about an animal family living deep in the forest. Maybe the animals gather pine cones to make something surprising. Hmmm. I wonder what it is!

Doodling helps to get my imagination UN-stuck. Try it!
Doodle by Vicky Lorencen

Idea #2: Choose one (or more!) of these story starters to spark your imagination.

  • You are creating your own planet. Where will it be? What does it look like? Who lives there? What do you eat? What do you do for fun?
  • You woke up to get ready for school. You look in the mirror. You realize you have turned into an animal! What animal would you be? How would your day go from there?
  • You are opening your very own store. What is it called? What do you sell? Who do you hire to work with you? What do you do about cranky customers?
  • You have the power invisibility, but every time you hiccup, your face and hands appear. What happens?
  • You find a box of puppies outside your front door. What happens next?
  • You can fly–about ten feet above the ground. How will your new power change your everyday life? How often would you use it?
  • You get to take a trip back to time to ancient Egypt. What would your new life be like?
  • You are in charge of planning your birthday celebration. Where would it be? What would you do?
  • You and your favorite teacher change places. You are in charge of the class. How would your class change?
  • You get to invent a brand new holiday. What will it celebrate and how?
  • Your dog digs up a bone you suspect belonged to a dinosaur. Who do you tell? What do you do next?
  • You are a fashion designer in the future. Fabric, buttons and zippers are no longer used to create clothes. What do you use? What do the clothes look like? What about shoes?
  • Your mom has a cold and can’t go to work today. Her boss says you can take her place for the day. What happens?
  • You are chosen to star in a movie. What kind of movie would it be? What would your role be? Who would you want to be in the movie with you?
  • Your friend is having a bad day. How will you help him/her feel better? What if it doesn’t work? What if you are both having a bad day?

Creating art to go with your story sounds like a fun next step to me. But then, I’m like that. Fun is my favorite.

I drew a picture of my kitty Finny to go with my story. Finny is a great model.
Drawing by Vicky Lorencen

If you have questions about writing, you are welcome to send me a message on the Frog on a Dime contact page. You need to have the permission of your parent or teacher first.

Write on, my fellow writers!

Collage by Vicky Lorencen