Writing a story made of wishes

We’ve explored how language and words are a kind of magic and how old words can be made new again. For the final part of this first module, let’s try writing about our life while using these words and what we’ve learned!

Before we dive in to writing, let’s read two more very short poems to inspire us!

Think about how each of these poems engages with the ideas of wishes and hope and read both of them aloud!

little prayer
Danez Smith

let ruin end here

let him find honey
where there was once a slaighter

let him enter the lion's cage
& find a field of lilacs

let this be the healing
& if not    let it be

The Rider
Naomi Shihab Nye

A boy told me
if he roller-skated fast enough
his loneliness couldn't catch up to him,
the best reason I ever heard
for trying to be a champion.
What I wonder tonight
pedaling hard down King William Street
is if it translated to bicycles.
A victory! To leave your loneliness
panting behind you on some street corner
while you float free into a cloud of sudden azaleas,
pink petals that have never felt loneliness,
no matter how slowly they fell.

Now we’ve refuelled our creative engines with those poems, let’s get writing!

Exercise #7:

  1. Do you remember the three wishes you wrote down earlier? Pick the one you like the most.
  2. Let’s write a story about the day that your wish came true though the challenge is to use as many of the words above as you can! Was it a fandandering kind of day? Did you feel ramfeezled or did your hengments get lost? 

Try writing your story in three parts - a beginning, a middle and an end! Classic story structure! 

  • Start by writing about what life was like before your wish came true? What is your normal life like?
  • Write how the wish comes true. Do you find a magic lamp or do you meet a witch in the woods? It might be from blowing out the candles
  • What happens after your wish comes true? How does life change?

Write for fifteen minutes though if you want to keep going, please do! 

I hope you enjoyed that! Did you manage to write something surprising? Was this story different to what you thought you would write today?