Get your homeschool high school students writing great stories in no time with these three ways to spark creative writing ideas!
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Storytelling comes naturally to some people. My oldest son, for instance, has already written his first screenplay at 19 years old. It’s the first in a trilogy that he already has planned out.
That kid can tell a story with so much detail…he gets it from his Papa (my dad). He has never had a problem coming up with topics to write about (or talk about)!
My other two kids are a different story. Neither of them is quite as talkative as their older brother, and both are a little more likely to just stick to the basic facts when recounting a tale.
Now, they have both written some great stories over the years. But it always takes them a long time to decide on story writing topics. Then, adding details to develop the characters, setting, plot, etc. just doesn’t come easily.
All too often, creative writing activities have turned into a dreaded chore for them instead of the exciting endeavor of imagination and inspiration that I had envisioned.
I know we aren’t the only homeschooling family who struggles with this. So, what can we do?
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Spark Creative Writing Ideas with Story Prompts
Sometimes a story prompt is all a kid needs to take off on their own. You can find hundreds of ideas with a quick Google search.
A fun little brainstorming session might do the trick! You start the story, then have everyone take turns adding to it. It’s always fun to see how the storyline evolves! Get the whole family in on this one!
For some quick ideas, we like to use Bardsy’s Famous Story Spinner. A simple click will give you a character, a world (setting), and a theme. You can keep clicking until you get a spark of inspiration.
Here’s a video of the Story Spinner in action…
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Spark Creative Writing Ideas with Familiar Stories
Now, I’m definitely not promoting plagiarism here. We’re just looking for inspiration.
Maybe your student could call a grandparent and chat about stories from their childhood. They could watch old family videos. You could have them tell you about their favorite book or movie.
The idea is to use those storylines as a jumping-off point to get the basic idea for their own story.
Bardsy has a great exercise that has students recall a fairytale and re-write it with a different twist. In their Writing Warmup learning activity, they take students through the process of changing up one element of the story of Cinderella and then adjusting the rest of the story to fit with it.
My kids got a kick out of doing a mashup of The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and The Three Bears. It had me laughing out loud!
Bardsy Homeschool believes that creative writing supercharges every academic skill.
Storytelling isn’t extra-curricular, it’s trans-curricular.
It not only bolsters your learner’s
ability to absorb, process, retain and retrieve information across disciplines, it also increases their tenacity while tackling complex material, subject-specific vocabulary, and new concepts.
Creative writing has even been proven to raise math and science performance.
The Bardsy Homeschool Method breaks storytelling down into two complementary steps: develop and assemble.
This method is woven into their online tools to minimize struggle and make writing accessible and fun.
Now, you can see this method in action with their online Super Character Toolkit.
Download Bardsy’s Homeschool Super Character Kit and get started on your story today!
This comprehensive kit includes:
- Create a Super Character Lesson Plan and Activity
- Bardsy’s Super Character Video Course – Part 1
- Three Extensive Character Building Templates
- Everything You Need To Get Creative And Get Writing!