I got AJ this book for Christmas. It’s really a book for teachers of creative writing, but it has great exercises (writing teachers, you should probably check this out). He’s been writing a lot on his own and often asking for prompts, so I thought he’d have fun playing around with it. We were all a little grumpy and looking for something to do today and Mr. Spy pulled out the book and gave us an assignment: Each of us had to write 5 sentences beginning with “And then….”
Once we finished, we mixed them up and read them out one at a time, generally to peels of laughter. Then we had to arrange them in what we thought was the best narrative order. Here are our results. See if you can figure out who wrote what (it’s not actually that difficult. Mostly.).
• And then darkness fell over the city, bringing with it the nightly allotment of zombies, criminals, party queens, lawyers on business trips, and rats.
• And then Sarah Michelle said to the police officer, “But I already told you that I didn’t think it was necessary for me to carry a driver’s license because I’m famous!”
• And then President Obama stubbed his big toe on the corner of the dais.
• And then Tiberius strode out of the Senate proudly, his toga billowing in the breeze like the sail of a ship leaving the harbor.
• And then Superman said, “I can fly? No way!”
• And then he thought he saw Spiderman, but it was just a mirage.
• And then Winston carried his toy wagon across the yard and dropped it in the koi pond.
• And then Billy punched a hole in the wall.
• And then he started dancing randomly.
• And then the magician pulled from his hat a surprised wombat.
• And then the small red button pulled off his cuff and rolled slowly toward the sink’s drain.
• And then he ate his sandwich whole.
• And then the mouse exploded.
• And then nothing turned itself inside out.
• And then I wrote five sentences that began with “And then….”
This would actually make an excellent party game. We’ll definitely be trying this again.