Whether it’s a real place you know well, or an imaginary one you’ve invented yourself, places can be a great inspiration for stories. Over the holidays, you might like to try some of the ideas below: Continue reading
Sometimes it can be useful to figure out more about the characters (the people) in your stories before you start writing. Even if it doesn’t all end up in your final piece of writing, information about your characters can help you get ideas about what might happen in the story, or even inspire a sequel! You might like to try some of the ideas below: Continue reading
Are you a big reader? Reading other people’s books can be fantastic inspiration for your own writing. The next time you’re in a library, or even just sorting through your own bookshelf, you might like to try some of the ideas below: Continue reading
Do you send out holiday cards or letters? Writing letters or cards can be a great holiday project, and mail can be a fabulous source of ideas for stories and poetry. Along with writing to family and friends over the holidays, you might like to try one or more of the ideas below.
A few months ago, I was lucky enough to win a copy of Donovan Bixley’s beautiful new book The Weather Machine. This wordless picture book is full of absolutely stunning illustrations, which tell the story of The Weather Machine and its inventor. This book is sure to become a firm favourite with children and adults alike, and would make a fantastic Christmas present.
Donovan wrote recently about how he was inspired by Dr Seuss’ The Lorax. Well, some of the Brain Bunny classes have found The Weather Machine pretty inspirational too! The girls wrote these stories after getting ideas from one or more of the illustrations. As you can see, they’ve each taken something different from the inspiration, and have come up with some very creative stories. Continue reading