Let’s get weird! How to generate weird ideas
In her poem, we’ve seen how Carol Ann Duffy took a very familiar story and made it into something new, something strange and something exciting! I love how she subverts our expectations and uses our assumptions against us!
We’re going to do the same by taking a fairy tale, changing the story, and that add a writing challenge to the mix!
If you have dice to hand, roll two dice three times so you have three numbers.
For example, I rolled a 6, a 10 and a 2.
Looking at the table below, I have to rewrite Goldilocks and the three bears BUT It’s written in the style of a horror story AND It’s written in the second person as a letter to someone you know. That could be interesting!
If you don’t have dice, choose three numbers from 1-12 at random and find the corresponding entry in each list. If you like the look of another entry more, no worries, use that instead!
The story you’re rewriting is:
- Little Red Riding Hood
- Hansel and Gretel
- Beauty and the Beast
- Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
- The Golden Hand of Midas
- Goldilocks and the three bears
- Jack & the beanstalk
- Three little pigs
- The Ugly Duckling
- Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
- The Little Mermaid
- The story all takes place in a single room
- It’s set in the far future
- None of the characters can speak
- The story is set inside a videogame
- The main character is a ghost
- The story is relocated to your home town in the present day
- The story is written from the point of view of the antagonist
- All the characters speak different languages and find it hard to understand one another
- One or more of the characters know they’re characters in a story
- It’s written in the style of a horror story
- The story is being told on the news or written in the style of a newspaper article
- It’s a musical
- Your writing must make a shape on the page, like a circle, a triangle or a star
- It’s written in the second person as a letter to someone you know
- You must remove all punctuation
- Use as many cliches as you can
- Your story starts with the line - “You may think you know this story, but you’re wrong”
- Start at the end of the story and work back to the beginning
- Write from the perspective of a child who is retelling the story
- Every line must start with the next letter of the alphabet. Start with the letter A, then the next line starts with the letter B, then C.
- Use an unreliable narrator who tells lies
- Write from the perspective of someone who keeps forgetting the story
- Write three or more sentences of the story in another language (use Google Translate if you don’t know another language!)
- The first and last line of your piece must be a question
Write either a story or poem using these rules. You have ten minutes!