Writing Your Inspired Pieces

DP# 58: Who inspires you?

Write about a person (they do not have to be alive currently or someone you know personally) who inspired you and explain why.

Take seven minutes.

Hi folks! Today, you’re being given time to write an original piece inspired by your peers. Hopefully, you all brought a printed out version of the blog post(s) you felt most inspired by. Use it as a jumping off point and select the form you want your writing to take.

Happy Writing!

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Fun with Fan Fiction

DP #57: Finish the Sentence

When I opened the door, I saw…

Add on this to this sentence, turning it into a mini piece of flash fiction. Take five minutes.

Today, you’re going to have some fun creating fan fiction. For those that don’t know, fan fiction is essentially creating a fictional story using characters already invented by someone else. They can be inspired by other books, movies, tv shows, and even video games.

The original inventors of fan fiction were the Romans, believe it or not! When they wrote their great epic, the Aeneid, they borrowed their main character (Aeneas) from the great Greek epic, the Iliad. They invented an entire fiction based around him.

So, in the tradition of our great ancestors, you’re going to try your hand at fan fiction.  Here’s the assignment:

  • Pick a movie, book, play, or tv show that you love and know well.
  • Pick a character(s) you would like to develop from it.
  • Imagine a side story for this character. It could be a story from his/her past, present, or future.
  • Write the story! Remember all of the elements a solid story should contain.

Feel free to do this with a partner.

Happy writing!

Show and Tell (for big kids)

DP #56: Today I feel…

Finish the sentence above. Take three minutes.

 

Hi folks! Today, you’re going to use the item you brought as inspiration for writing a creative essay, screenplay, story, or poem (or a morph of two or more).

Put the item on your desk in front of you and consider the following to get the creative juices flowing:

  • Do you have a true story about this item you want to write about?
  • Why did you bring this item in?
  • Who might have an item like this?
  • Where did this person get it from?
  • Is this item alive?
  • Does this item have a name?
  • Could this item be used as a good luck item?
  • Where has this item been?
  • Why is this item so important?
  • Why is this item so tragic?
  • What does this item represent?
  • If this item could talk, what would it say?

You have twenty minutes to craft something.

The remainder of class, we will do traditional “show and tell” except you’ll be reading the piece you wrote to the class (or an excerpt) as you show off what you brought.

Unleashing Pandora’s Box

DP55: The bird looked at me and said…

Finish the sentence. You have three minutes.

 

Today, I will be opening “Pandora’s Box.” It is a box full of randomness that will dictate what you will spend the hour writing about.

At each table, every person gets to draw one item from “the box” and set it in the center of the table. You then have to write a story (individually or with a partner) which incorporates ALL of the items drawn.

The catch? You will also be drawing a “genre” card which tells you what kind of story to write.

Have fun! We’ll save the end of class for sharing a few.

Remember to bring an item tomorrow for Show and Tell! 🙂