While every family has stories to share like these artists do, we know that not everyone at home has a stage like ours for telling their tales. Luckily, as social media becomes ever-more present in our lives, the avenues for telling your story are becoming more and more diverse. You can tweet, blog, or Instagram throughout your day, building your story through snippets you share. With that in mind, we've put together these ideas to help you try your hand at telling stories with your kids in new ways!
What kind of stories can you tell in just 140 characters? Writers have long been exploring "flash fiction," or extremely short stories, to communicate deep emotion and plot. Perhaps the most famous flash fiction story goes, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." In just six, powerful words, the author (who some say was Ernest Hemingway) implies so many things to the reader. A more humorous example comes from science fiction writer, James Patrick Kelly: "We kissed. She melted. Mop please!" (Find more fun 6 word stories here.) With Twitter, modern day writers are getting even better at this art form. Try out writing your own Twitter flash fiction!
Try out #SixWordMemoirs for starters. The campaign, started by SMITH Magazine, encourages everyone to try and sum up their life in a six-word tweet. Tag it with the hashtag, and you could be featured on their website as a favorite of the week!
For Old-Fashioned Writers
For some, there's nothing like the thrill of putting a pen to paper. I, too, love keeping a journal of my thoughts and doodling along the way. Trouble is, writer's block is always around the corner, ready to strike!
Avoid getting stuck and use our School Tool Creativity Pages to get inspired by the themes in The Old Man and The Old Moon. Our worksheets are great for the classroom, but can double as a weekend exercise to try together, paired, perhaps, with our Family Activity.