IMAGICISE: Monster Lists

29 Nov

Scare yourself into writing with this newest installment of prompts. ‘Monster Lists’ asks imaginators to quickly launch a parade of words associated with all things monsters.

While we may not see them, monsters are everywhere. Especially within the minds of young readers. Stories will never tire of featuring scary, hairy, and gassy creatures. Instead of simply envisioning a ghastly beast, we need to dive deep into its personality, desires, and pet peeves. Developing a complex cast of monsters is the ticket to a publishable story children and adults alike can hide under their pillows from.

For those wishing to ‘tone’ their creative muscles, simply spend 5 minutes penning a list of words associated with each theme. Be funny, be scary, be whatever you wish. Just write!

For those ‘bulking up’, spend an additional 5 minutes devoted to the beginning of a story dealing with a monster who embodies one of the characteristics in your list. Don’t worry about spelling/grammar as this is just to get you over your fear of starting a story.

Slap on that sweatband, stretch your creative muscles and have a go at these ‘monstrous’ prompts.

* For further directions on ‘Imagicise’ click here.

Monster Lists

  • Day 1: Allergies – Even monsters can get sick. Make a list of things monsters may be allergic to.

  • Day 2: Hiding Spots – Besides under the bed and a closet, if monsters were playing ‘hide-n-go-seek’ where they wish to hide? List successful or problematic places.

  • Day 3: Pet Peeves – What really gets under the furry or scaley skin of a monster? Make a list of possible monster pet peeves.

  • Day 4: Monster TV –  What if monsters had their own cable network. Make a list of programs or specials on a channel for monster viewers.

  • Day 5: Monster Names – What if you were a scientist who discovered a new species of monster, or a young kid who befriended one? Make a list of monster species names or personal names for monstrous creatures.

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