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Monday, June 11, 2012

Writing Prod - Mouth of Babes

            Here we are at the start of another week. To help get those creative juices flowing I have another writing prompt for you. Feel free to create a flash fiction piece out of it or even pitch for a longer work of fiction and share it with the rest of us. I will, of course, be including an example of my own.
            I call this one Mouth of Babes. Kids say the most interesting things. That’s the premise for this prompt. Ask one of your young children to come up with an idea for a story. If you don’t have any young children of your own go ahead and borrow one. Then see what you can do with their idea.
            Of course, putting a child on the spot may not be the best method of mining minors for story plots. If you have an opportunity to be around children on a regular basis you can listen in on their playtime discussions. Sooner or later they’ll drop a gem of an idea.

            I asked my seven year old what he thought I should write for my next story. He told me that it should be about a dragon that chased people around because he wanted to be friends with them.
            This would make an excellent picture book or YA story just as it is presented by my son. However, for my example I turned this into a serious adult offering. And this is what I did with it:


            Roaring Dragon
Ben is hired to travel to the backwaters of the bayou in order to study the body of a supposed dragon. He discovers that the remains are not from any species known on Earth and begins a search of the area for a living specimen. Deep in the swamps the hunting party becomes the hunted when a live dragon charges into their camp. Ben flees and becomes hopelessly lost in the swamp. He is eventually tracked down by the dragon and returned to civilization. During their trek the truth of the situation comes out: the dragon is an emissary to Earth from another dimension. She and her companion were here to offer peace, but if neither returns home the warriors of their race will invade Earth and destroy it. Ben must find a way to get the dragon safely past the party of swamp folk that are even now hunting for her and to the portal that will take her home.  


  1. This is the second post today that has reminded me about the movie Bedtime Stories. So cute. Have you seen it?

    How have you been? Have a good week, Randy. :)

    1. Could be. I'm sure my wife and chilren have watched it and there's a good chance I came in and sat through part of it.

      I've been good. This has been a good year for me. Hope the same is true for you. Take care.

  2. Bummer. My kids are with their grandparents this week for kids camp. I would love to know what they would say though:)

    1. You are welcome to borrow one of mine. (Not really.) However, as it just so happens, I will be interviewing my four youngest kids tomorrow and you can hear their answer to that question.

  3. Ooh, I would read it! You are so good at these!

    1. Thank you so much.

      I actually had trouble with this one. It screamed out to be a middle-grade or picture book, but I really wanted to see what I could do if I tried to come up with an adult level story line for it.

      One of my children liked the premise so much that he kept mentioning it during the podcast. So, maybe I'm on to something here.