Story ideas can pop into your head from lots of places: from almost forgotten memories, from overheard conversations, from newspaper articles, from funny things you see people do, from history and even from the landscape itself. Or sometimes ideas can come from the wonderful world of WORDS.
I like playing a writing game/challenge that I call the DOUBLE TROUBLE WRITING CHALLENGE. In this game, you have to pick two nouns from a list of unlikely ‘room-mates’ – naming words that do not go together. Like:
You get the idea? Now imagine the combination of two and ask yourself What if?
Before I wrote, Princess Clown, I chose two words from my DOUBLE TROUBLE list and asked, What if?
What if there was a princess who was different? What if she loved clowning and to make people laugh? What if she was the heir to the throne? What if she was in trouble because the last thing she wanted to be was a royal princess? What if her tricks went terribly wrong?
Lots of other people have recognised how clever words can be, especially when you combine them together. Famous musicians do it all the time. Here are some of the most well known names of rock bands words that are ‘unlikely room-mates’.
GUNS ‘N ROSES
COLDPLAY (well, it could be 2 words)
Princess Clown is available from Blake Publishing, (ISBN 9781741646481)
And from educational supply retail outlets nationally.
It could be in your school library now.
P.S. Want an extra challenge? Try three words from my short DOUBLE TROUBLE word list! Then it will be TRIPLE TROUBLE 🙂