When asking most children, “Why don’t you want to write a story?”, the usual answer is “I don’t know what to write about!”

However, if they knew how easy it is to borrow ideas, they might be far more inspired, and they might have a lot of fun creating their own version – from simple story to mini masterpiece in minutes. Interestingly, many people find short stories far more entertaining than long ones.

Folk tales, fables, and movies are just the start of an idea-rich line-up of stories ready for the harvest. It is also very helpful for children to discuss and clarify the story problem and the solution before they start writing.

After helping the child decide “What to write”, the next problem is “How to write it”.

Certainly, a clear story structure is a valuable tool, and keeping to a reasonable sentence count is important. Less is best. However, meaning is critical.

The following story structure is only a guide, and writing less or more sentences is definitely an option.

Introduction (3 to 5 sentences)
Who is in the story? Where are they?

Problem (5 to 8 sentences)
What do they need? What do they want?
How do they feel?

Solution (3 to 5 sentences)
How do they get what they want or need? How do they feel?

Epilogue (1 or 2 sentences)
How does life get back to normal?

Moral ( 1 sentence)
What lesson is learned?

A well-known story triggered the ideas for the following narrative.

Taunted but tough

By B.A Writer

Shadows lengthened as the sun dipped secretively behind a menacing forest—home to an ever-hungry wolf.

After a long day tending their corn crop, the fearful yet determined three little pigs raced, as they did every day, to somewhere safe for the night. Evening shadows, like creeping tigers, devoured them as they sheltered in their secret cave. There they enthusiastically planned their strategy to build a house-trap to teach this tyrant wolf a lesson.

The wolf was a powerful and cunning foe so their building materials would have to be strong, their designs would have to be clever, and their timing would have to be perfect. It was victory or victim. Purposely, they made the first house-trap out of straw so it would be easily blown down by the wolf, and the second house-trap, made of sticks, would be easily snapped and scattered. However, the third house-trap, made of bricks, was designed to cleverly persuade the wolf to enter, and with no windows and a hidden trap-door, the wolf would have no escape. The brick house was built. The trap was set. They must succeed.

Hiding nearby, the pigs watched as the first two houses were demolished. Convinced that the pigs were an easy prey the foolish wolf barged boldly through the door of the third house, expecting to see his prey—the three little pigs. But the door slammed shut, the bricks held fast, and he was trapped. Cleverly, the three little pigs continued their plan – the wolf’s only food would be corn: corn cakes, corn stew, and corn roast.

Finally, the wolf was convinced that the only way to get out of this house-trap was to agree to grow his own food. So, the pigs let him out to follow his peaceful plan. At last, the three little pigs were safe and their cornfields flourished and the wolf enjoyed growing many different fruits and vegetables… except corn.

Moral: A peaceful plan benefits all