Let’s get those creative juices flowing this month!
Recently, there have been several “fairy tale retellings” in Young Adult literature (see this post from January for a list of novels). Have you been thinking about a fairy tale you read as a child and wondered how you could twist it around and make it fresh and relevant to today?
What about nursery rhymes? Little Boy Blue, Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, and countless others. Do you have a favorite nursery rhyme — either from when you were a child or from reading to your own child, a sibling, or babysitting charge?
How can you take that nursery rhyme and turn it into a short story? How does it inspire you? How can you make the characters resonate with readers today? Would you keep it in a fantasy world (such as the case of Humpty Dumpty, with non-humans as characters) or would you re-cast the story to exist in the real world?
Writing tip: In Self-Editing and Revision, James Scott Bell recommends never stopping at one or two options when considering how to add to a story. He says brainstorm at least ten options to really get your mind open and thinking beyond the obvious.
What do you think about our writing prompts feature? Do you have any suggestions for future topics? Do you prefer open-ended prompts or specific ones?