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The Prompt

Write a short story using TWO of the unrelated nouns from this list: Koala, Raincoat, Dental Floss, Outdoor Furniture, Skyscraper. This exercise is an example of Gianni Rodari's 'Fantastic Binomials' in which a story is created from two, seemingly unrelated, nouns. For more great ideas and insights on writing, have a read of "The Grammar of Fantasy" by Gianni Rodari.


*Does your story seamlessly include the two nouns you chose? Are these words key elements to the story rather than awkward add-ons?

*We're looking for really creative uses of these words - are they used in a way that surprises and delights the reader?

*Does your short story stand alone as a complete piece of work? Have you written a strong and wonderful ending that leaves the reader feeling satisfied? (Note this doesn't mean you have to tie everything up neatly - there is always room for unanswered questions in literature!)