Write Your Own Spooky Story
This week I’m planning a big treat. Usually, I’d be doing this in my classroom. But I’ve been on medical leave and a sabbatical for the last few months. This leaves me without a classroom for the first time in 18 years. So, I thought I’d take some of my teaching on-line this week for one of my more popular writing projects, The Spooky Story. This week before Halloween, I’ll be posting daily steps for you or your little one to be writing their own Spooky story. I have done this in my classroom for over 15 years, and I’m happy to be able to share it with you during this special creative week when everyone has spooks and goblins on the brain.
Day 1: Build your Main Character
Day 2: Create a Sidekick and Villain/Setting/Plot
Day3: Start the Spooky Story Rough Draft
Day 4: Write your Rough Draft help and guidance
Day 5: Proofread and Revising Tips for your Spooky Story
Day 6: (Halloween) Rewrite and finalize your Spooky Story to read tonight!
Today, we’ll focus on character. Which means, you guessed it, you get to make up your very own spooky character for your story. Think of all those spooky stories you’ve read before, like Goosebumps or Scooby Doo. They all involve a girl or boy human kid that runs into monsters such as ghosts, vampires and zombies. But you don’t have to stop there. You can have your main character be a vampire, zombie or ghost if you want. The important thing is that your story will revolve around this character. They will be the center of your action. So, pick carefully.
Once you’ve decided on whom your character is, it’s time to add all the details that will come in handy while writing your story. It’s called prewriting. You can do it in a couple of ways. You can write a list answering questions about your character or you can fill in a detailed web of ideas about your character. I will include both. You can decide to do one or the other, or both ways. Get as many details as you can. They will come in handy when you work on tomorrow’s assignment, sidekicks and villians.
Questions About Your Main Character:
- What is their name?
- Describe what they look like. Hair color? Eye color? Age? Height? Weight?
- How do they dress? What are their favorite things to go to school or work in?
- What are their favorite movies, books, or TV shows?
- Do they have a best friend? Who is it?
- What about their family? Brothers or sisters? What do their parents do?
- Describe their school or work.
- Do they have special powers or abilities?
- What is their flaw? Do they have trouble doing something?
- What are they good at?
Special Extra Credit: Describe what is in their backpack or what they take with them always.
Tomorrow, we’ll work on a sidekick and a villain. These two types of characters are very important to help your main character and to cause trouble for them.
Plus, for this week only starting Oct. 27, my Halloween Tale, Pumper the Pumpkin will be available for free on Amazon. Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Pumper-Pumpkin-Tiffany-Turner-ebook/dp/B005X1CS1A
Until tomorrow, have fun making your character. I’ll see you tomorrow for creating a sidekick and villain.