Karen Describes Her Book
Years ago I gave my girls a story starter. I was amazed at the results. They wrote
in ways they had never written before. It was only when I gave my son a particularly
exciting story starter that his creative writing, too, began to “take off.”
Therefore I am happy to present you with the same kind of writing exercises in my
new book. I sought to put the right ingredients into my story starters to inspire
even the reluctant writer or the student who has experienced discouragement.
Why does a story starter work so well? Each story suspends the student in the middle
of a predicament. He is then faced with the question “What happens next?”
This is his cue to expand and embellish the story however he wants. He learns to
write freely, with imagination and zest—and with far more boldness than he
may be accustomed to.
The action-packed stories are especially appealing to boys. Thumb through the pages
to choose whatever story catches your fancy. My large selection is meant to satisfy
the varied interests of both boys and girls.
spark even more curiosity, each story is illustrated with one or more engaging 19th-century
pictures. The settings are sometimes intense, sometimes funny, sometimes sweetly
domestic, but they always pose a challenge. Here is your child’s opportunity
to rescue those in danger, comfort the sick, cheer the lonely, laugh with the ridiculous,
tame the wild, and do battle for good. Awaken the dormant writer in your child with
this lively approach to creative writing! Story Starters
is a one-book-per-family, non-consumable, lavishly illustrated, multi-skill level,
supplementary English course. Story Starters
is a teachers resource for grades 4 through 12—with tips so younger siblings
can participate. 460 pages.