Owen’s Prompts

At the end of the school year last year, Owen brought home the writing journal that he kept for his second grade class. I didn’t know that he kept a writing journal, so I was interested to read his work.

And how pleasantly surprised I was! He totally cut loose as far as story goes. There were no limits. He responded to prompts with verve and attitude. I think this is something that we all should do as writers. He wasn’t writing for publication, or even a grade, and his ideas were fun and fascinating (though maybe a little violent….).

A sample or two (with corrections for spelling, etc. from Mom):

1. “If I was a giant I would eat kids alive. I would also destroy buildings I touch. that would be cool. I would actually be green. I also want to step on people.”

2. “The rusty key fit in the lock and a dead man fell out. ‘This is a mystery’ I said to my friends. We went to the next door in the house. It was locked, so we used the rusty key. It fit! We saw a light in there….”

3. “The silly dragon had two dogs that breathe fire. Weird. He also has a rat that flies. He also has lots of stuff.”

Not too shabby for a then-seven year old. Mixing up genres. Introducing interesting characters and plotlines. Shifting POVs. All in all, I think a nice start to the writing gig.

2 thoughts on “Owen’s Prompts

  1. I totally want to write a story that begins, “The silly dragon had two dogs that breathe fire.”

    Maybe we should all get in touch with our inner 2nd Grader.

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