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It has been a while since we've written fiction together in a Writing Challenge! My friend Marisa, an English language teacher trainer in Greece, recently shared a fun tool for teachers to use in class. It's called the Giant Storymaker. It's always fun to try classroom activities and games in an online environment like MyEC. Sometimes they work very well! For example: (Jeopardy? | Don't Say Yes or No | Have you Ever?Homograph Challenge)

Your Task 

1. Pick a two-digit number from 1-9. My number will be 38. (Don't pick the same number!) I promise not to change mine after I look at the Storymaker. You must promise this too! If you don't trust yourself, ask a friend to pick a number for you.

2. Visit Marisa's Giant Storymaker. You will see four grids. There is one for Characters, Places, Situations, and Objects. Find your number in all four grids, and write down the word or phrase that you see.

3. Start a new blog post. Use this title: "Writing Challenge: Story by Numbers".

4. Write a short story using these four ideas. Keep it short and simple. 

5. Share a link to your story in the comments below! 

6. OPTIONAL: Ask a MyEC friend to read your story and draw a picture to go with it! Have your friend take a picture of their drawing. Upload the picture to go with your story. 

Story Writing Checklist

My Story

As many of you know, I always take my own blog challenges! My story will follow in a subsequent blog post. I picked 38. This is what I got: 

Character: The prince of the gypsies 

Place: In the middle of the ocean

Situation: Running out of ideas

Object: An old toothbrush

NOTE: I'm going to pick two characters from the storymaker. You can as well. To add another character, simply go +1 in the grid. My second character is #39: "a fisherman who brags" - handy!)

*At the end of your story, please share a link to Marisa's Giant Storymaker, so that we can give proper credit to her. Thank you!

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Comment by Tara Benwell on February 3, 2014 at 19:36
Comment by Mishaikh on February 1, 2014 at 17:32

here is my another attempt with the hope to have some comments from you Tara.

Comment by Tara Benwell on February 1, 2014 at 1:32
Comment by Tara Benwell on February 1, 2014 at 0:17

Here is another one by Mardil Gab: #61 "The Quest for Happiness"

Comment by Mishaikh on January 31, 2014 at 15:41
Comment by Mahgol on January 31, 2014 at 7:33

Hi buddies;

I picked 11:

This is my story : " Frontier"

Character: a time traveler

Place: an airport

Situation: getting angry with your best friend

Object: a map with a hole

Hope you like it!

please do not forget to correct mistakes!


Comment by Tara Benwell on January 30, 2014 at 15:07

Here's mine: #38 The Last Laugh

Comment by Tara Benwell on January 29, 2014 at 21:00
Comment by Tara Benwell on January 29, 2014 at 20:25

Hi @Mahgol. No deadline, but it's fun to complete a Writing Challenge before the next one (in one month from now). I still have to write mine! 

Comment by Carlos Andres Rodriguez on January 29, 2014 at 14:41

Hi @Tara

I'm pleased to participate in this great challenge.

This is my post: Writing Challenge: Story by Numbers

I picked the number: 25 and the i got the following:

Character: a pirate

Place: in virtual reality

Situation: gossiping

Object: a horseshoe

My second character is #26 :"a girl with x-ray eyes"

I hope that my blog will be your pleasantness


Regards ;)

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