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“If I would have known what he was like, I never would have stopped and said hello that day. But the thing is…I did. And I can’t go back.”Oh, tricky! Alternate perspectives between the reluctant character here and the “he” she talks about. Up for the challenge? Craft a “he” who is truly evil. What does that mean?
Begin a story featuring...
A big, goofy dog who takes on the responsibility of his household. He makes sure his master is up on time, gets the homework done, babysits—everything.Think about What would a dog think to himself on a daily basis? curveball! Throw in a villainous cat who tries to trip him up.
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Write a sci-fi tale using a recent science news story or discovery as a launching point. An asteroid is heading toward Earth? You decide what happens.want a challenge? Pen your tale as a series of fake news stories. Use the insight of the reporter, as well. add a twist: Consider how you would write about impending disaster as someone whose job it is to confront danger, not run away.
You know what they say... A picture's worth a thousand words
Write a story about a Chinese restaurant whose fortune cookies bear fortunes that actually come true. Make your tale a mystery, seeking out the person who crafts these magical fortunes.Mix it up! When a temp worker steps in, she totally messes up the fortunes! What will happen when people are given the wrong ones? say what? Give a special meaning to the “lucky numbers” on the reverse side of the fortune.
Hannah is saved by a mysterious boy… who can transform into any animal he wants!
At a cast party
Discovers a room in her basement that was never there before and it holds secrets and stories that had been forgotten for yearsgimme another!
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