On getting story ideas….

Story ideas can pop into your head from EVERYWHERE  – from almost forgotten memories, from overheard conversations, from newspaper articles, from funny things people do, from history and even from the landscape itself. Or sometimes ideas can come from the wonderful world of WORDS.

I made up a writing game/challenge that I call the DOUBLE TROUBLE WRITING CHALLENGE. In this game, you have to pick two nouns from a list of unlikely ‘room-mates’ – naming words that do not go together. Like:

GOLDFISH  FEATHER/ FROG GUITAR  / ROOM  EARTHQUAKE /  CLOWN PRINCESS
You get the idea? Now imagine the combination of two and ask yourself What if?

What if there was a clown who wanted to be a princess? Or better still, what if there was a princess who was different? What if she loved clowning and to make people laugh? What if she was the heir to the throne? What if she was in trouble because the last thing she wanted to be was a royal princess? What if her tricks went terribly wrong?

That is basically what I did with my chapter book, Princess Clown when I chose two words from my DOUBLE TROUBLE list and asked, What if? Lots of other people have recognised how clever words can be, especially when you combine them together.

Famous musicians do it all the time. Here are some of the most recognised names of rock bands words that are ‘unlikely room-mates’.

GUNS ‘N ROSES
LED ZEPPELIN
STONE ROSES
GREEN DAY
COLDPLAY (well, it could be 2 words)
PEARL JAM

Princess Clown is available from Blake Publishing, (ISBN 9781741646481) And from educational supply retail outlets nationally. Maybe it’s in your local school library?
P.S. Want an extra challenge? Try three words from my DOUBLE TROUBLE WRITING CHALLENGE list! Then it will be TRIPLE TROUBLE 🙂

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