Young Writers Project

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About Ideaboard

Jan 22

Every day we have ideas. Some of them are lousy. Some are great. How do you know unless you write it?

This space is aimed at having you get in the habit of jotting down ideas that come to you -- something you heard, something that crept on you, something that came to you when you were reading or running or riding in a car or seeing someone walking in the street, or something, something that came to you in a flash of atonishing electric brilliance that lights up your entire brain and you cannot, simply cannot, wait another moment before you scribble it down.

Because you will forget. Trust me.

So here's a place to jot them down. From anywhere -- especially -- your smartphone, if you're so lucky. Then, when the spirit moves you, glance back through some of those ideas and see what you can make of one.

And that's what the ideaboard is all about. -- gg


One day, out of the blue, you get a call from a stranger asking for your help. The person gives you an address and tells you to come quickly before hanging up. What happens next?
You are traveling by yourself on the moorland when you come across an old merry go round. Out of curiosity, you start asking around in the town you are staying in about it. What happens?
You are traveling on a road with a blind girl, an old man, a former military woman, and a dog. How did you end up together? What happened? Where are you going, and why?
You are out biking in the countryside when it starts to rain. In seconds you are swept up in a flood and lose conciousness. When you wake, you are lying in a straw bed in a barn with some horses and no bike. A woman walks in a tells you that the flood swept you halfway across the country, miraculously without drowning. You tell her you have to get home. What happens?
You are working as a nurse/assistant in a hospital. You work there everyday, and know a lot of the patients, but there is more to them then meets the eye. What happens?
You have run away from home and are on a train with no destination in mind. What happens?
You have a hundred days to live. Where do you go? Who do you meet?
If you expect to be disappointed then your expectations will only be fulfilled when you're disappointed. Except you're still disappointed. If something turns out better than you expected then it's not living up to your expectation of disappointment so it disappoints you. So either way, you're going to be disappointed. Unless you stop expecting to be disappointed. Then you'll only be disappointed half the time.
Listen to a song and write something for as long as the song lasts. Put the title of the song at the end of the piece.
Quick. . . type a series of random words that pop into your mind. Then create a story using those words. Make it unique.
Love it, Supersonisoph! We've added a word and time limit and put it on our front page as a daily challenge today. Please do send us more challenge ideas -- if you'd like to write about something, chances are many others will too! We'd love to hear your ideas. Thanks!
05/30/2017 - 10:25am