Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Continue This Story!

When my sister and I were young, we'd play a game where we made up a story, each saying one word to further the action. That was fun and imaginative--though slightly limiting since we only added single words. For my SCBWI-Oregon retreat in October, we went around the room with a microphone to continue a story, each of us contributing an entire sentence. It was a great ice-breaker, and amazing to see how many people could think of cool sentences on the spur of the moment.

So let's have some similar creative fun in the comments!

Think of this as an exercise to practice starting a story, or just being creative with words.

YOUR TURN
Complete the following story by adding ONE sentence.
YES--you may post additional sentences if there have been 3 people in between!

Your starting sentence:
Late again for practice, Dana Maguire paused at the edge of the shadowy forest, clutching her flute case and wondering if she dared take the short cut to Jared's house.

38 comments:

  1. Fun! Here's my try at a sentence:

    As leaves crunched and a stick cracked beneath her boot, a low growl moved the air behind her.

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  2. Without looking back, she dropped the flute case and ran.

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  3. As she ran, the sound of her mother's warning rattled in her head, "Go the long way, nothing good ever came from taking short cuts."

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  4. Breathing heavily, she finally slowed down; tentatively turning around, she looked back down the forest path to see...nothing but evergreen branches blowing in the wind!

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  5. She considered going back to retrieve her flute case, but then she heard it again--a low growl that electrified all the hairs on her arms and neck.

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  6. She spun on her heels and, with growing dread, realised she was lost.

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  7. This was the third time this had happened in three days.


    Funny. I did something similar back when I first started blogging. I called it the Slumpbuster Challenge. It was all about a penguin named Mooch McGee. It went on for a month or so until I finally had to cut off the story. It was fun though. We even had a picture of a cute little penguin wearing shoes!

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  8. Just as she started to panic--yet again--a pair of boots landed in the dry leaves behind her.

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  9. Think, think, think Dana!" she calmed her breathing, pulled her cell-phone in her jacket pocket and hit the last number dialled - Jared, he would come and find her, right?

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  10. Then she heard a voice behind her, calling out her name.

    Gosh, this is fun!

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  11. How could that be, she shook her head in disbelief, her twin sister had died two years ago, as she pondered this the voice grew louder, and the truth confronted her.

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  12. I like free falling with words, it helps when I get stuck sometimes, writers block has nothing on me lol

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  13. Truth as it stood in front of her was something she never had imagined n her life ever - - - -

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  14. Yet, there she was, clear as the crystal wine glasses her mother never used--Lindsay in a pale white dress, her eyes dark hollows.

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  15. She fell to her knees, gripping the lose dirt between her fingers, searching for reality in the unearthed supernatural

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  16. 'Lindsay? How...?' Before she could say more, Lindsay slipped on her boots and ran away.

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  17. Dana wanted to run after Lindsay, but as she tried to move, she fainted and fell backwards.

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  18. Darkness veiled her for a undetermined period, and she had the sensation of falling for a curiously long time.

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  19. She could hear the sound of a flute somewhere off in the distance.

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  20. He wasn't at school, and she hadn't heard a word from him since his last text saying he'd be right back Friday night.

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  21. She opened her eyes and looked around - she was suspended in midair; looking down on the forest floor she saw her own body!

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  22. Aware of her spirit state, Dana dips towards her body, trying to gain entrance into what looks like her mirror image, but a heavy magnetic force bounces her away…away from the flesh she seeks refuge in.

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  23. As she stared at her own motionless body, she heard the haunting trill of the flute again, almost as if it were calling to her.

    Hehe, so much fun!!

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  24. The growl sounded once again, so far yet closer than a whisper.

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  25. There was a rustle in the bushes behind her, and she spun around.

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  26. A curious sight met her eyes, that of a furry bear-like creature who was holding HER FLUTE.

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  27. The thing that resembled a hybrid of a pig and a bear blew one long, low note on the flute—and was suddenly joined by a host of its furry fellows, at least 100 strong.

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  28. Dana realized with a sinking feeling that unless she got lucky and moved fast enough to catch these wartbears by surprise, she'd have to explain to her mother -- again! -- why she had "misplaced" yet another expensive silver flute.

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  29. The furry fellow mob was gaining on her, she pushed one foot in front of the other, fast, but not fast enough, now only meters behind her, she started to rise into the air


    She is a spirit after all hehe

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  30. As she ascended into the damp atmosphere she was joined by another spirit - her sister; who was accompanied by ... a Christmas angel!

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  31. Dana clasped her sister's hand, and as the Christmas angel looked on, she and Lindsay swooped close to the wartbears to try to snatch her flute back.

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  32. Just then, one of the creatures opened its mouth and spoke.

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  33. "Be careful what you wish for," he said, "because this is a magic flute that gains its power from the magic boots."

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  34. "Give me back my flute!" Dana said.

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  35. But the creature only laughed and said, "You know not what happens to those who try to take back what I have rightfully stolen!"



    Okay, I want to try this with my writing friends some time. So fun! :)

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  36. Dana stood up to her full height and narrowed her eyes.

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  37. Whoa--she was back in her body again, and thus felt confident enough to say, "It's MY flute, but I'm willing to make some sort of trade or agreement about this with you."

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