Kids have the best imaginations. Their ideas aren't restricted by social norms or expectations, by realism or what 'is possible'. For kids, the possibilities are simply limitless.
It's really good for kids to write. Not only does it help with them with grammar and vocabulary, it can allow them to express themselves, deal with issues that are affecting them - both good and bad, and exercise and develop that mental writing muscle.
On my school visits I have heard from so many teachers that have budding writers in their midst, just looking for an outlet. We need to nurture these authors of tomorrow and their fabulous imaginations.
So here is my little offering:
Every month I will be adding to the website a sentence or short paragraph from one of my books (or from the book of another author - it would get pretty boring if I used only DOTTY extracts - although of course the stories will be YOUR stories, not Dotty's!)
Your task is to weave the extract into a story from your own imagination, in no more than 300 words (there is no minimum word limit). The extract can begin the story, or you can put it in the middle or at the end, as long as it appears in there somewhere.
The winning entry each month will be posted on the website, and the writer will receive a signed copy of the book the extract originally came from.
All entrants will also have the opportunity to be featured in DOTTY About Writing's Flash Fiction Annual, which will be published yearly.
If you are a budding writer, or if you know one, please do give it a go. You can also pass details onto your school or home ed group so they can distribute it to their budding writers.
I can't wait to hear from you!