Bob Boone


June 2011


June 2011

Story Starts - Summer Feast

 

FIRST SENTENCE of a story:

  • Myron was afraid no one would recognize him.
  • At the top of the stairs, Bob found the missing sock.
  • I always thought that left-handed people had all the luck.
  • Few people in our little town had ever heard of vengeance.
  • My dad never knew much about small talk.

CRUCIAL SENTENCE (Remove this and you ruin the story.):

  • Rita closed the book and smiled.
  • Abbie winced.
  • The map was exactly where I said it wouldn't be.
  • Gone. The old letter was gone.
  • Grandma reached over and patted my arm.

HEADLINES (Make up stories for these one-sentence wonders):

  • Actress Learns to be Honest
  • Santa Claus Arrested
  • Love Letters Stolen
  • Spy Learns a Bitter Lesson
  • Surprise Guest at Castle

THREE THINGS for a children's story:

  • watch, wizard, wisdom
  • sour milk, stranded mouse, sudden misery
  • teachers, tattlers, truth
  • nurses, nerds, negligence
  • gold coin, monkey's eyebrow, magic


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Read Bob's Previous Writing Ideas Columns:

  • April, 2011
  • January, 2011
  • December, 2010
  • November, 2010
  • October, 2010
  • September, 2010
  • June, 2010
  • November, 2009
  • September, 2009
  • August, 2009
  • July, 2009
  • May, 2009
  • April, 2009
  • March, 2009
  • February, 2009
  • December, 2008
  • September, 2008
  • August, 2008
  • July, 2008
  • June, 2008
  • May, 2008
  • April, 2008
  • March, 2008
  • February, 2008
  • January, 2008
  • December, 2007

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