Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mystery Monday #19

Welcome to our regular Monday feature, where you'll find different kinds of writing prompts and exercises. Each week, we'll give you something to help exercise your mystery-writing muscles.

We've done some prompts in the past that focus on pictures and images, having writers image the story behind the picture. Well, this past week, I attended my older son's annual Individualized Education Plan. He's hearing impaired, so we meet with his teachers each year to make sure things are going well (they are). But that got me thinking. If we can base a writing prompt on a image, how about a sound? So, a little web searching later...and here are some sounds to get your mystery started.

To add to this, my first and second graders are learning about how stories have characters, a setting, and a plot--which usually involves a problem and the characters trying to solve it. So....close your eyes and think of a character--maybe that guy you always see in the gas station? Someone famous from a magazine? Your best friend? (Give her a new name; she'll never know.) Now place that character somewhere. Your school? The middle of the night? An English manor? (Okay, yes. I just finished watching Downton Abbey.) 1977? Now, take a listen...the sound below is your character's problem. How will he or she solve it? Start writing!
door keys
deep hum
sneeze and burp
glass breaking
boiling water, timer bell
cat meow
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