Make sure that your little thank you speech for the Best Short Story Awards Ceremony addresses the audience (Ladies and gentlemen…) and there is a proper ending: (Thank you). You can discuss what or who has inspired you (any muses?), who you would like to thank in particular, and what you have learned as a writer (any good advice for others?).
- In a comment to this blog post, introduce your favorite or least favorite soap opera.
- Add a link to a YouTube video of a scene from the soap opera.
- Try to specify 1-3 things that make the scene a soap opera scene.
Create your own soap opera scene
- Write script as a blog post for your very own soap opera scene
- Come up with a name for your soap opera.
- Create 2-6 characters for your soap opera.
- Think of a setting, usually soap operas are very low-budget so the setting never changes much.
- Write the dialogue.
- Animate your scene using one of the following tools: Goanimate.com or Wideo.com or something else!
Check out these photographs by James Mollison: Where Children Sleep. Choose a photograph that intrigues you the most and in your comment tell us why. How did it make you feel? Don’t forget to provide a source!
Where do you sleep?
- Creating a setting for your story can be as important as the action and the characters. Take a photograph of your own room and write a blog post describing where you sleep without the sense of sight. If you don’t want to use your own room, you can choose any other place for your setting: a train station, a classroom, the woods, or something else?
- In order to eliminate the sense of sight, close your eyes for about 5 minutes and observe closely.
- Remember that all objects have a story to tell. Colorful details and imaginative adjectives will help you create a realistic setting. Use all your other senses: touch, smell, taste, hearing. The Thesaurus will help you find challenging synonyms for ordinary words.
- You may need to revise it/there (muodollinen subjekti) rules before starting!
- Add a picture of the space into your blog post.
It’s time to think about endings. Once upon a time they lived happily ever after – or did they?
A Hollywood ending in which the two lovers ride off into the sunset is not always the best choice. Try to think of an ending from a book, movie or TV series that was not a happy one, but you liked it anyway. In your comment, introduce this different kind of ending to the rest of us.
The story continues…
- Read the beginning of this famous short story and come up with your own ending for it.
- Publish your ending in a blog post. Give the short story your own title.
- The ending should be unique and original – far from a Hollywood ending!
- Don’t answer all the questions, trust your readers to make the final conclusions.
- Stay true to the original style of the text or take it into another direction (the genre is up to you!).
- Choose any of the characters introduced in the beginning and stay with them. Or continue it from several points-of-view.
- We will then vote for the best ending and the real ending will be revealed to you.
Everyone is fanatic about something. Look for your own favorite / least favorite fan fiction short story on Fanfiction.net. Comment this blog post by leaving a reply. In your comment explain briefly what the story was about and why you chose it. Be specific about what you like about it or why you despise the story. Don’t forget to provide a link to the original story!
Write your own fan fiction
Publish your own fan fiction as a blog post for everyone to read.
- The story/scene should be based on a character from a book, movie, or TV series. Mention it in the end as a source of inspiration (Based on…).
- Focus on just one scene and give your story an exciting title. Don’t try to rewrite the Lord of the Rings!
- Writing in first person (I) might be easier than as an omniscient narrator.
- The genre can be comedy, romance, romance, gore, parody, action etc.
- Think hard about the first sentence of your story. The first sentence is the most powerful one, loaded with questions that form in the readers’ brains. Play this Opening lines game by Sporcle to find out more about famous beginnings!
- If you like, you can add a free illustrations onto your blog post.
First choose your favorite /least favorite character from a book, movie or TV series. In your comment, tell us why you like/dislike this particular character. Be specific!
Create your own character
Use the following Character Generator to create a character or come up with one yourself. Then flesh the character out from the so-called bones by following the Character Exercise instructions. Add a portrait of your character that you have made yourself using one of these online tools: Pimptheface.com, BitStrips.com or Avachara.com.
- the best characters have flaws
- nothing is black and white
- there is a thin line between heroes and villains
- the little details make all the difference
Watch these videos for instructions and briefly comment. What were your favorite tips on writing a good story and why? Which challenges do you anticipate when starting to write?
Imagine it, write it, and enjoy!
Then get started on your own short story! Use everything you have learned so far to create something incredible and unique. The sky is the limit, although there are two requirements:
- The title of your short story should be compelling and not reveal too much.
- You could try to find inspiration here or here or use these pictures:
- Try to remember everything that you have learned about beginning and endings, the importance of dialogue, character building, a point of view and creating a setting.
- Think about the genre(s) of your story and try to avoid cliches that go with that particular genre!
- Publish your short story on the blog as a blog post and edit it according to the teacher’s comments.
- Add a photograph or an illustration made by yours truly for the final publication on Issuu.com to be shared with the entire school