Cram all these words into a story, and tell your inner editor to hush…in today’s StoryADay Writing Prompt
Use these words in a story:
In the past I’ve used spelling word lists from my own children’s 3rd Grade (https://storyaday.org/write-on-wednesday-third-grade-word-list/) homework. Sadly, those children are way too tall for spelling homework anymore (and let autocorrect do most of the work for them), so I’m upgrading you to a spelling list for Fourth Graders that I found online.
What is the point of writing a story from such a silly prompt, I hear you ask?
The point is that it is silly.
As soon as you start to practice your writing consistently, the voices in your head begin: “You must write something good if you’re going to spend this much time alone with your imaginary friends. You must justify your time by writing deathless prose that will win awards, and you must do it now.”
And those voices are the ones that will block you, stall you, send you running from your desk not to reappear for months or even years.
Today’s writing prompt encourages you to lower the bar.
Today’s triumph is that you manage to write something — anything — that resembles a story and contains these words.
Simply writing, is your goal, today. Not writing something good. Just writing.
Have a go. You might even like it!
Julie Duffy is the founder of StoryADay and takes silliness very seriously.
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This is a ridiculous and fun little exercise. Try it!
Here’s another prompt that’s going to make it difficult for you to try to write a brilliant story. We’re focusing this week on productivity, quantity not quality. And here’s the secret, when you’re not too worried about the quality, you quite often find that your writing is better than you expected.
Write a story containing all of these words from a fourth grade spelling list.
This is an extremely silly way to start a story, but it always seems to work — maybe because it removes any pressure you may be putting on yourself to write something “good”. Today you write a story using these words from my Third Grader’s spelling list.
Use These Words In A Story: Lettuce, Happen, basket, Winter, Sister, Monster, Supper, Subject, Puppet
Don’t worry too much about this one. Just write something!
Don’t forget to give us a character who want something (perhaps a lettuce? A sister? A monster?).
Post your story somewhere we can see it (in the comments or in the community) and read everyone else’s stories. Revel in the weirdness!
Did you remember to post your story in the comments or in the community? Did you have fun with this? Was your story, nevertheless, serious? What does that tell you about writing in general?
We’re almost there! This is the last week of StoryADay May 2013. Stay tuned on Thursday for news of another, short-term challenge to keep you writing.
Also, I’d love to know who’s been writing this month. Please leave a comment on this post if you’ve written at all this month, and let us know how much/often you’ve managed to write. Spread the word to friends who might have fallen off the wagon. Tell them to check-in and celebrate what they have achieved so far (and maybe come back for the last week?).
As always, thank you for playing. Without out you, this challenge simply wouldn’t be any fun! You inspire me and each year’s participants influence the shape and content of the next challenge. So thanks!
Write a story that includes these words:
This is a silly prompt. Feel free to write a silly story.
The chances are, if you’re still here, you’ve started to take your writing quite seriously, in a good way. However, there’s always a danger of ‘serious’ becoming ‘solemn’. Use today as a break from whatever you’ve been writing and write https://storyaday.org/prompt-fros/ that is purposely silly, off-the-cuff, not to be taken seriously.
Consider posting your story in the comments here so that we can see how everyone chose to use these words