A delicious writing prompt for writers and teachers
Writers know that good (fiction)writing involves basic ingredients:
- an overall arc
- main character
- a theme
Hershey’s or Lindt
Just as with baking, we writers have our basic ingredients to make a story. After that, it’s all nuances and quality. Consider Hershey’s and Lindt chocolate: both are known for their cocoa-inspired taste, but the difference in quality is worlds apart. One only needs to look at their different marketing campaigns to notice the visual difference alone.
The Baking Mold
The talented children’s author, Laura Numeroff created her famous, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie picture book more than thirty years ago.
When we consider baking akin to writing, Numeroff’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book is a delectable mold to study the craft of storytelling. Here’s a brief sample of her simple genius:
If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk.
When you give him the milk, he’ll probably ask you for a straw.
When he’s finished, he’ll ask for a napkin.
The End is the Beginning
Numeroff’s story ends the way it begins:
He’ll hang up his drawing and stand back to look at it [on the fridge].
Looking at the refrigerator will remind him that he’s thirsty. So…
he’ll ask for a glass of milk. And chances are if he asks for a glass of milk,
he’s going to want a cookie to go with it.
Want the full version of Numeroff’s story? Click here🙂
Making Another Cookie
Numeroff took this clever idea and created several other “recipes” in her craft:
- If You Give a Moose a Muffin
- If You Take a Mouse to School
- If You Give a Pig a Pancake
Here’s my creation based on Numeroff’s recipe
If you give Ostriches power
there will be chaos in the world
When there is chaos, the ostriches will bury their heads in the sand
When the ostriches tire of putting their heads in the sand
they will point their beady eyes at others for the problems in our world
when they see their saggy eyes on Instagram,
they will want to spend money on themselves to look better
when they return from another trip to Mar-a-Largo
they will be energized to point their beady eyes at others again
refusing to take any responsibility
the sand will start to look really good to them again.
And chances are, when they bury their heads in the sand
there will be even more chaos in this world.
I’d love to hear your “Circle Story” creations:-)