Asking questions to turn thoughts into story ideas
|What happened here?|
(I really hope so, and I think they had, because the nest looks old – but that wouldn’t make a story. So for the rest of the questions we’ll say that the eggs or baby birds were still in there.
a) The wind.
b) A predator bird or animal.
c) A bad person – why are they doing it?
d) An alien – what do they think the eggs are?
a) The protagonist (hero) tries to rescue them and put the nest back in the tree. How do they do that? Climb the tree? What happens if they fall out? Or meet an eagle? Or get into trouble because someone thinks they’re trying to steal the nest?
|Questions & answers for writing Raven’s Mountain
(Facing the Mountain)
Or the empty holiday house – where one day my dog ran away and went in the dog door. The dog door was locked from the inside so that he couldn’t get out… There are lots of chances for a story there!
|The island that gave me the first idea for Nim’s Island|
Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Dragonfly Song, a novel in free verse and prose of an outcast girl who becomes a bull-leaper in Bronze Age Crete. Read full bio