I Have a Great Story Idea…

I bet you know the kind I mean. The kind that pops into your head when you’re eating dinner. Or when you’re sitting in Math.  Or when you’re running drills at soccer practice. You see something unusual that makes you think, “Hmm, I could write a story about that!”

That’s what happened to me this summer. While I was sitting at the beach, I watched a very little girl try to build a sand castle.  All by herself.  She scooped the sand.  She carried water in her bucket.  She packed the sand and shaped it into a tower. All while her brother and sister and cousins tried to help her. They tried  to bring her  more buckets of water. They tried to pack the sand. She would have none of it. Finally, in her tiny voice, she yelled above the sound of the crashing waves. “Can I please have some privacy? I’m always trying to do my work and there are always too many people around me! I don’t like it!”

The feisty little girl made me laugh. And think, “I’m going to write a story sometime about a girl who lives with her 2 parents, 1 brother,1  sister, 2 grandparents, 4 aunts, 4 uncles, 11 cousins and their pets – all in the same house! What do you think? Would that make a great story idea?

I bet you have a great story idea too.  If you like, tell us about it in the comment box below.  Very soon we’ll be having our first critique round in Critique Corner. It will be your chance to see a part of your story right here on this site! Kids will be able to read it and tell you what they think. You might even get some comments from Swirl and Spark too!  That will happen sometime in September. For now, why not tell us about a story idea you have?  Just a few sentences will do. Besides, that might just be the spark someone else needs to think of a story idea too. Remember though, if you do comment, please use only your first name and the first letter of your last name- or even a made up screen name. I want this site to be a safe place for all of us.  🙂

Before you go…don’t forget to click on the Scribble Tips tab and read Tips #1 and #2. They may help you write a great beginning to your next story.  If you’re looking for a book recommendation, click on the Book Nook tab too. I’ve added a few more for you to peek at.

So thanks for stopping by and remember…go write something! Write a song. Write a poem. Write about your trip to the ant hill. (Wouldn’t that make a great story?) And then tell us all about it! 

Blog Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the Swirl & Spark blog and welcome to my first official blog post!  I’m happy to announce that Swirl & Spark is alive and swirling. For anyone just stumbling  upon this site, feel free to look around and comment. I mean it. I’d love to hear what you think of it. Besides, it’s always nice to have someone else join in on the celebration!

I have high hopes for Swirl & Spark. I’ve wanted to create a blog for young writers ever since I started writing stories myself. Well, that may be an exaggeration since back then I was only about 7 years old and all I wanted to do was act out the plays I had written for my brother and sisters.  (More on that later.)

My goal now is to create a community of young writers, a place where kids like you can gather together to encourage each other’s writing. I’m sure each of you has amazing ideas and interesting stories to tell. Hopefully by working together, we can make our stories even better!

So here it is. Swirl and Spark. I hope you like it. I hope you’ll tell your friends about it. I hope you stop by often and I hope you comment on these posts too. If you have an idea for a topic, I’d love to read about it. If you have a question, I’ll try to answer that also.  But before you go, check out the tabs on the right so you’ll get an idea of what this site is really all about!

Thanks for stopping by. See you on Wednesday… but until then keep writing. Write anything. Write a song. Write a rhyme. Write a description of your pet lizard or your princess tiara. That’s how you become a better writer.