Hello my cheeky friends!
It is a glorious thing, isn’t it? The sun is shining. The summer holidays are stretching before us. It is time for walking down the street sucking ice lollies.
It is also the perfect time for all things to do with books.
What do you do on these hot evenings? It’s too hot for the Xbox. It’s time to spread a rug, under a tree. It’s time to read.
It is also the time to write.
You will have an amazing summer, if, while you’re having your own excitements in real life, you do some writing. Not just because, come September, you will feel fantastic if you’ve written your own story, or drawn your own comic, but because writing stories makes your whole life feel more adventurous.
But possibly you have not the first clue how to get started.
And that is why I am inviting you all to join Mr Clover’s Summer Workshop, during which I shall set you fun challenges, that will help to make your stories grow in your imaginations.
Right… Here is the first one…
Suggestion One: Get a notebook
Much is going on, as the holidays begin. Use your notebook to start keeping a diary. You don’t need to say everything – just what you learned that day (I’m keeping one in the Parents section). The important thing is to get into the habit of noticing what is happening.
This is important, because, in these next few days, my friends, you will be getting ideas for stories.
Yes, my friends, you will notice – if you keep a look out – that in the next few days, ideas for stories will be fluttering into your heads like butterflies. You’ll be having a dreamy moment, and for a second, you’ll imagine a story you’d quite like to write. Find your diary, and get those ideas down. You might want to try several. A good trick, also, would be to write down TEN IDEAS quite quickly. “IDEA: I’d like write a detective story, set in a school.” “IDEA: imagine if all the teachers turned into dinosaurs…”
If you get any good ones, send them in. When we gather here next week (Thursday 3 pm) I’ll read out some good ones. Till then, have fun,