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Writing stories

Here are some story starter ideas for children to practise their creative writing, plus top tips from Usborne writers.

Activity sheets

Your comic character

Your comic character

Turn this stick figure into a character by adding clothes and accessories. Fill in the blanks in the thoughts and speech bubbles, too.

Plotting

Plotting

Get your story going with this quick plotting sheet. Who's your main character? What is the setting? How does it end?

Rhymes and limericks

Ridiculous rhymes and ludicrous limericks

It can be a lot of fun thinking up amusing rhymes, or give a silly, bizarre description of a person in a limerick.

What is poetry?

What is poetry?

Lots of people have some ideas about what poetry can be... but the truth is, nobody has a final answer...

Write a magazine interview

Write a magazine interview

Ask your family for an interview – or make up an interview with a fictional character such as Sleeping Beauty!

Make a magazine cover

Make a magazine cover

How do you make a magazine that makes people want to pick up your magazine for a closer look?

Design a book cover

Design a book cover

Can you design a bestselling book cover? Choose your title then design the cover.

Pick and mix creative writing

Write a story

Choose three cards, then make up your own story with them.

Write a comic strip story

Write a comic strip story

Fill in the blanks to write your own story.

Write about this picture

Make your mind wander

Try writing a story, article or poem about this picture.

Top tips from Usborne authors

Usborne Editor/Writer Andy Prentice gives children his top tips on how to write brilliant stories.

Top 3 tips for writing sci-fi and fantasy stories

On the blog: Top 3 tips for writing sci-fi and fantasy stories

Andy Prentice gives his top tips for writing stories about demons, magic, space ships and more.

Poet and Usborne writer Jerome Martin reads the poem 'Lucky Duck' from the children's book Write Your Own Poems.

Write your own poems

On the blog: writing poetry

Jerome Martin gives his top three tips on writing your own poems.

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Creative writing

Write a story 

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