Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Just a few more questions

Come to think of it, a well is never mentioned!
One story brainstorming trick is to ask questions. Then come up with several, potentially off-the-wall, answers. You can keep repeating this, asking questions about the answers that interest you, then generating more answers.

You can start with my questions and continue, or start fresh. If you come up with a richer story, cool! If you end up taking it in another direction, cool!

Jack and Jill
How old is Jack?
What's Jack's occupation?
How old is Jill?
What's Jill's occupation?
What's their relationship to each other?

went up the hill
What hill?
What's at the top of the hill (besides the water)?
Whose idea was this?

To fetch a pail of water.
Why is the water at the top of the hill?
What will they do with the water?

Jack fell down.
What caused Jack to fall?
If it wasn't an accident, who felt Jack and Jill were a threat?

And broke his crown.
If it wasn't the crown of his head what kind of crown was it?
Why did he have his crown with him?

And Jill came tumbling after.
What caused Jill to tumble?

What happened to the water?
Now what?

When you're done, Adam Gidwitz expanded on the story of Jack and Jill in In a Glass Grimmly. "If you dare, join Jack and Jill as they embark on a harrowing quest through a new set of tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and others. Follow along as they enter startling new landscapes that may (or may not) be scary, bloody, terrifying, and altogether true in this hair-raising companion to Adam Gidwitz’s widely acclaimed, award-winning debut, A Tale Dark & Grimm.?
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