We focused on just a few things:
- What do all stories have/need?
- How do you come up with an idea?
- How do you plan a story out?
We talked about writing what you know and looking at conflict and resolution. What they came up with was not only based on those things, but really creative as well.
The boy who liked science came up with a dinosaur story. The dinos were trying to find some shade but the shade turns out to be a meteor.
A boy who just spent the weekend near Lake Okanagan had the Ogopogo on his mind. The poor sea serpent was dueling with the Lochness Monster in his story.
The girl who liked giraffes wrote a cute story about a giraffe getting stuck in a tree and eating his way out only to become quite chubby.
It was very fun to listen to them come up with ideas for stories, to share with each other, and to help each other find solutions. Doing the workshop reminded me very much of being on Twitter with other writers, as well as just being a writer, for a number of reasons:
- sharing ideas makes us stronger and helps us sort ideas out
- just because one person writes a great story doesn't mean there's not room for another
- we write because we love to write (one kid asked what we were doing and when we said writing, he turned and walked away, saying "Uh-Uh, no way!" One little girl wrote a story about the boy who was scared of writing. If you don't love it, it's hard to get through the tough times.
- there is a story in everything. We just have to figure out how to tell it in our own, unique and creative voice.
How about you? Have you done anything that intimidated you that turned out way better than you thought it would? Feel free to share.