This week in my Plan & Write a Novel course, I set the optional homework to write a short story. We completed a consequences-type template with the following prompts:
- number between 100-1000
- first name
- pet’s name
- room in a house
where each person writes the first prompt, folds it back (so the next person can’t see) and moves it to their neighbour, complete the next one, pass on and so on. After the eighth prompt, we passed for a final time then opened up our sheets. Whenever there are nine or more in a group (I have fourteen in mine), we won’t be getting our own prompts.
Initially I received the following… 13 words, Sophia, Tess, orange spider, attic, angry, children’s story so wrote…
Sophia and Tess were orange attic spiders. Tess was clumsy. Sophia got angry.
but then remembered that the minimum word count was 100 so I expanded the story to 130 words (adding a zero to the previous word count) and this is the result…