Saturday, January 7, 2012

Story Starter #3

Imagine that you are in 1st grade. You are waay bigger than the Kindergarteners. You can reach the drinking fountain without having to get lifted up by a teacher and without a step stool. You walk into class and there are posters of Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin (all famous inventors) on the wall. Your teacher announces that your class is going to have in Invention Fair. You are to invent something that will somehow make life easier for other kids. What will you invent?

Now ask some "What if" questions:

What if I invent something that actually works? What if it doesn't?
What if the other kids at my table all all busily drawing their ideas and I can't think of anything?
What if I have a brilliant idea and the other kids are making silly things like toothbrush holders and long straws?

Now write...


  1. Ooh! Another great prompt! The thing I love best about your prompts are all the evocative details! Thanks Alison :) Looking forward to tomorrow's... and the next day's... :)

  2. Your prompts are so very good, Alison! (And I'm linking to two of them in my blog post tomorrow, because they're perfect exercises for what I'm talking about.)

  3. Great prompt Alison...I love asking what if?

  4. I like this starter. My 7 year old usually needs an extra push for writing motivation, and this might just get him moving.

  5. I am intrigued by these story starters. Thank you, Comment Challenge, for sending me here. I'll be back!

  6. Thank you all. I hope these starters inspire some ideas for you.

  7. Oh, I like this prompt. I wish I took the time to follow through with more prompts. They're fun, and I think they're awesome creativity exercises.

    I know exactly what I'd invent---and maybe I'll actually do it!