Monday, 27 October 2014

Can't think what to do over half term? Make something up!

So,  it's half term.  Time to watch lots of TV and take a break from school. Catch up on some Playstation / X-Box. Or be healthy and get outside and go for a bike ride, play some football, go on a trampoline. Do all that.

And then,  why not write a short story?

Not because someone at school is making you do it for an assignment but just because it's fun. When you're not worrying about fifty different things you have to put into your work in order to get full marks from the teacher, writing is actually really fun. We all like to tell stories (like that time we went for a walk in the woods and we stumbled across a crashed alien spaceship, no, it definitely, definitely happened!!!). (Or when Brad Pitt pulled over and asked us the way to the local Tesco, no seriously, he did!)

So just make something up. Doesn't have to be perfect or long or contain a minimum number of adverbs. It just has to be fun to write.

But don't take my word for it,  listen to Alice Osman, writer of 'Solitaire'. She says it so much better than than I do.

And if you fancy it, send a copy of your story here to the Arthur Ness blog at -  I'd be really happy to read it and give you some feedback or answer any questions you may have. And if you like, just let me know and I'll put it up on the site for everyone to marvel at!

Don't worry, the Playstation will still be there later  :-)


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