I hope your holidays have been enjoyable. With so many weeks between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next, it’s okay to feel a little bored at times. I know there are heaps of great books to read, but sometimes we want our real lives to be just as exciting as our favourite adventure story.
So how can we turn a dull day on the couch into something more exciting. Simple. We let our imagination take over. I like to play a little game called What If?
Here is your creative tip for the week:
Choose something you are doing or something you can see and ask yourself, What if the unexpected or the impossible happened right now?
Here are some examples:
- What if that black cat creeping across your fence is actually an escaped panther from the circus?
- What if the ticking clock in the kitchen is actually a time bomb about to explode?
- What if your pyjamas are made from a special material that enables you to fly?
Take your ideas and create a wonderful story in your head. Or even better, write it down! The key is to start with something that’s real and then give it a twist. You can make it as ridiculous as you like.
My story, Scallywags and the Hungry Hairy Sea Monster started out that way. Four real life events were combined together to form the basis of the adventure. They are listed below in the order they occurred in my life. The first event happened when I was eight years old. The last one happened when I was twenty-five!
- Dressing up in seaweed and trying to scare my parents during a visit to the beach.
- Performing a magic act with my brother at our grandparent’s house.
- Squelching through waist-deep mud to reach an island in the middle of the Burnett River.
- Discovering an unusual creature during a visit to Scotland.
You can read the book when it comes out in April to see how these four stories combine to form a What If adventure.
The student performing the magic act in my story is Nora Nibblesworth. She is extremely talented and organised (a bit like my older brother). Mischief McScruff, her bumbling assistant, is a bit like me!
- Curious Creature Profile: Nora Nibblesworth
- Animal: White rabbit.
- Future Pirate Crew: Bunny Buccaneers
- Strengths: Good at everything.
- Weaknesses: Nothing she will admit.
- Likes: Carrots. Being good at everything.
- Distinguishing features: Always dresses smart. Earring in left ear.
- Favourite saying: ‘Winners come and go, but champions last forever!’
Feeling creative? Why not try to draw Nora from the pictures below?
Until next time, keep up the creativity!