Both the Piglets and Saddlebacks wrote entries for the Waterstones What’s your Story writing competition yesterday. It’s amazing how the chance to win £500 of book tokens got the creative juices flowing! With the Piglets group we played a word association game to come up with the opening sentence to a story. Then people were asked to choose a sentence and use it as the beginning of their story.. Interestingly, only Lillie chose a sentence written by someone else; everyone else chose their own!
In fact, I think choosing something a bit out of her comfort zone inspired this great little story – written in no more than 15 minutes.
In the damp cellar, the light of the lamp spluttered and then went out. I knew I had to get it, I was doing the right thing. I just had to remember that this is for Jessie. She was the one who gave everything she had for that ruby. All I had to do is hand in the evidence and then that one picture could give Jessie back her beloved jewel. I had purposely left that house and I had purposely left the picture there in an envelope ina drawer in the deserted house. I stumbled over and grazed my knee. I looked over my shoulder and saw that I had tripped over a loose floorboard. I got up and went to the drawer. I opened it and it made a horrible squeaky noise. There it was, lying in the middle of the drawer. I picked it up. It was really dusty. I opened it, it was exactly how I had left it.
‘Well, this will certainly help us, thank you’, said the policeman.
I was so relieved that I had got it off my chest, the only thing that was left was to see whether it helped.
Well done, Lillie!
Right, I’m off to drop off the entries. Look out to see if any of them appear in the window of Brighton Waterstones.