Do you have a little creative writer at home? Chances are that he or she writes stories about anything or everything. Not all writers, though, are like that. Not every writer has a never-ending stream of ideas to write about. Many writers struggle to come up with ideas. Of course, people do understand that writers often need a “muse,” a source of inspiration, but it doesn’t mean that writers can’t and don’t actively search for inspiration. If your child likes to write, but sometimes needs a little inspiration, suggest one of these story ideas for kids. They might even encourage a more reluctant writer to indulge in a little creative writing.
- Write a story based on a picture book
Many books are created for young pre-readers that have no text, just pictures. The pictures provide wonderful clues for a story line. In addition, the pictures are wonderful ways for kids to practice writing descriptions.They can look at the pictures and write out detailed descriptions of what they see.
- Write a story based on a picture
This idea is similar to the idea of writing a story based on a picture book. In this case, though, there is no series of picture creating a story. There is just a single picture. Any picture will work. Family photos are wonderful pictures to work with, especially old ones from earlier generations. Even pictures from ads can generate story ideas! It’s just a matter of imagination.
- Write fan fiction
We all know what it’s like to come to the end of a favorite story. We hate to say goodbye to our favorite characters. We want to know more about their lives. Kids can think about a new situation for their favorite characters and then imagine what they might do. For example, Harry Potter fans can imagine what it might be like if Harry and his friends visited the United States on Halloween! Would they go trick-or-treating? What would happen? This can work with every book and every character. It can even work with cartoon and movie characters.
- Play “What if?”
This idea is similar to fan fiction, but it can have wider uses. One approach is to take favorite characters and stories and imagine what would happen if some part of the story changed. For instance, what might have happened if Harry Potter had accepted Malfoy’s offer of friendship in the first book? This method can be used for almost anything! What if time machines really existed? What if we could travel through black holes? What if the British had beat the colonists in America? This method can be used for every interest – science, history, anything!
- Check the news
Teenagers might want to look at the news and imagine the details of the stories behind the headlines. Young writers really shouldn’t be reading through the news, especially if they are highly emotionally sensitive. Some stories can be too upsetting. Even some teens can get upset over sad stories in the news. On the other hand, if your child has already been exposed to a news story that he finds upsetting, writing a story about it can help him work through his emotions. Keep in mind that there are plenty of stories in the news that aren’t bad. Even stories about someone winning an award can provide a story idea. You can suggest the stories that could provide some inspiration.
- Find sources online
Generating ideas for stories is a popular topic among writers, so it’s not too difficult to find ideas online. Here are a couple of pages with many ideas:
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