“Give me a word,” I say.
My daughter Sophie looks up from her book and says, “Light.”
“How about the word ‘star’?” suggests Gemma-Rose.
Just as I’m mentally storing away these two great words, Sophie grins and says, “I’ve already found the unschooling connection.”
Sophie thinks I‘m playing the writing game. Writing game? Someone gives me a random word and I try to write an unschooling story based on it. I’ve written a few of these posts recently.
“Unschooling connection?” I repeat.
“Yes,” says Sophie. “This is an easy one. Our interests are like lights. They can be switched off and on.”
“Can you have more than one light on at a time?”
“And can the lights glow at different strengths?”
“Of course. And a light can gradually fade out. Or it can be turned off suddenly with a flick of the switch.”
“I suppose it can be switched back on at a later time.”
Sophie and I are both grinning as we compare lights to unschooling interests.
“But I’m not playing the writing game today,” I say, when we run out of comparisions.
“You’re not?” Sophie is surprised. “So why do you want some random words?”
“I’m thinking about my NaNoWriMo novel.”
“You’re going to write one?”
“Maybe.If I do, do you think I could base it on some random words?”
“Oh yes! Some random words might give you lots of ideas.”
I hope Sophie is right. So far I have two words: light and star. Where could they lead?
Light might not mean bright. It could be a single point at the end of a tunnel, or it might be a flickering candle flame. How about the dawn after a dark stormy night? Light could be the opposite of heavy, like a thin girl or a light batch of scones or a light-footed creature. And someone could ‘see the light’ after a time of confusion.
A star might not be in the sky. Anyone can be a star. Is it good to be a star? What about a reluctant star? Some 2D shapes are stars. There’s sticky stars, the sort teachers like to stick in workbooks. And people who are in love or are dreaming can have starry eyes. Star-crossed lovers? Shakespeare?
I bet I could think of a lot more ideas. What I really need to do is draw a mindmap.
But I only have two words. A few more random words would increase the possibilities.
Are you going to write a NaNoWriMo novel in November? You’d like to, but you don’t know what to write about? You could also start with some random words. These might lead to some wonderful ideas. It could be exciting. Are you tempted?
50 000 words in 30 days and you’ll have written a novel. Just think how satisfied you’ll feel when you finish. Will you do it? Will I?
Image: Star-crossed lovers… Of course, the story of Romeo and Juliet has already been written. But the play could be a source of ideas for a novel…
You can also find me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page!
Or take a look at my children’s novel, The Angels of Abbey Creek, on Lulu, Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Or listen to one of my podcasts.
Or sign up for NaNoWriMo
Or just stop and give me a random word!