Remember, you can always brainstorm
the way you feel most comfortable.
Examples include: webbing, listing, flow
charts, pictures, or answering these questions
- Is the story personal or imaginative?
- Do you need to be creative?
- Do you need to think about something
that has happened or could happen in real life?
- Think of the prompt, what strange or
nonrealistic thing could happen?
- Does the prompt make you think of a
fun, happy time or a sad, depressing time?
- As soon as you read the prompt, do
you know what you want to write about? If not, list 5 possible
topics that you could write about.
- Do you not have that experience in
your own life? Write about someone else's life.
- What will the main idea of your story
- Who is going to be in the story?
- Where are you going to be throughout
most of the story?
- What will your name be in the story?
- Are you going to be a villain (bad
guy) or a hero (good guy)?
- How much time will pass in your story?
(Make sure you check the prompt)
- What will the mood of the story be?
- What noises do you hear around you
in your story?
- What things do you smell around you
in your story?
- What do you see around you in your
- What things do you taste in your story?
- What things do you feel in your story?
- What will happen in your story? (Make
a short list of events that you can use to help you order your
- From these events that you've just
listed, what event is the climax or the most important event
that has to do with the prompt?
In the end, what will happen to you?
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