You Have a Right to Write!

Gold, Silver, or . . . Magazines?

Did you know that magazines can be better than gold or silver? Do you know why? Because magazines can give you "golden ideas" for stories!

Try this out. You'll need:

  • a pair of safe scissors
  • an old magazine
  • a file folder or a bag
  • glue
  • notebook and pencil
Here is what you do!
  1. Cut out every picture you see in the magazine. It may take you a couple of days to cut them all out. Put the pictures in a folder or in a plastic bag to keep them tidy.
  2. Find  a quiet place. (Bring your "golden ideas" from the magazine with you.)
  3. Pull out three pictures without looking in the bag or folder.
  4. Glue them onto one page in your writer's notebook.
  5. Write a story on the next page that uses all three items.
Congratulations. You've just written a "golden" story. Why is it golden? Because it came from you. And you are a golden child, full of great stories and marvelous potential.

How many days can you write in a row? The more you write, the more stories build up in your notebook. One day your notebook will be full. You know what that means. Time for another magazine and another notebook. I can't wait to hear about it!


Here are some more writing ideas to keep the words flowing!


Items Needed:

* paper
* pencil or pen
* timer set for five minutes

Ready with your items? Set your timer and read one of the prompts below. Then start the timer and get writing. Make sure to stop as soon as the timer goes off.

The point is to write as furiously as possible. No editing. No excuses. Just paper touching pen and pen moving swiftly across it. Ready? Get set. Go!

(choose one)

I hate it when . . .

You know you're a dork when you . . .

The boulder came crashing through . . .

She lied when she said . . .


Items Needed:

* paper
* pencil or pen
* timer set for 60 seconds

Take yourself outside. Set the timer for 60 seconds. Start the timer and close your eyes. When the timer goes off, open your eyes. The FIRST thing you see becomes your story idea.

Reset the timer now to five minutes. Start it and write voraciously for five minutes. Throw down on the page anything and everything that comes to your mind. Stop immediately when the timer goes off.


Items Needed:

* paper
* pencil or pen
* timer set for 10 minutes

Go to a public place. It could be the library. Your school. A park. Wherever you choose, make sure it is a place with people. Begin the timer for 10 minutes. Write down every sentence you hear. Circle the most intriguing one.

Now set your timer for five minutes. Start the timer and begin writing a story, using that spoken phrase as the first sentence in your story. Stop when the timer goes off.


Do you see how swiftly you created those story beginnings? Writing stories, writing books, writing plays, etc. are all the same. A story is like a priceless gold bead, created one five minute "bead" at a time.

Imagine you wrote five minutes a day. Imagine those five minutes created one new page. At the end of one year you will write 365 pages of new thought.

You. Yes, you. You can be a writer too. You have the Right to Write!


If you enjoyed these writing sessions, you'll love Fast Fiction: Creating Fiction in Five Minutes, by Roberta Allen. It's a book with information for adults on writing. But if you're serious - really serious about writing - you might want to check it out at your local library.

And let me know about your writing! Write me (with your parents' permission, of course).

Remember, YOU have the right-to-write!