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Writing a story in 100 words is a challenge, so simplify the plot to keep them on track...
A crime is committed
Clues are examined
The culprit is revealed
Your students can focus on one area, such as writing about the crime or perhaps be a detective pondering a tricky clue and working it out so the culprit is revealed in the last sentence. They could focus on the culprit, perhaps an internal monologue of their thoughts, or their explanation for their crime.
Create an anti-hero!
It’s a great plot twist to throw in an anti-hero and cause a moral dilemma. The anti-hero solves a problem but not by conventional or moral means.
Plot twist... make a location the character!
- A prison
- A smugglers’ den
- A police station
- Somewhere familiar
Your students can write about the location rather than an actual crime/mystery or person. It’s a fun way to explore another writing viewpoint.
Remind your students what active and passive voice are:
In a sentence written in the active voice, the subject of the sentence performs the action. In a sentence written in the passive voice, the subject receives the action.
Active Voice Example: Jack posted the blackmail letter.
Passive Voice Example: The blackmail letter was posted by Jack.
The passive voice tends to use more words and in a mini saga, where every word counts, this isn't ideal! The active voice tends to be more direct, and the passive voice can be more mysterious so the reader has to work harder.
Which will your students choose to write in?