Camels like books too. And kissing. Ever had a camel kiss? When we lived in the United Arab Emirates for a few years we saw many camels. they have ended up in some of my stories.
Cats like books too. Many books have been written by cats including The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa.
Objects often give me an idea for a story. Is there anything in your house that is an interesting object that could start a story for you? An old photograph? A coin? A hat? A map?
Places are very important for me when writing a story. I usually have go to the place the story is set to write about it well and then I get lots of ideas. Sometimes a little detail about the place that I notice makes my setting seem more real to me.
Is there a place near you that makes you think up stories?
What do you think this girl has found? Who is she? What could happen? Where is she? Try writing a quick story.
Here are some writing tips to keep practicing writing. Also, a few papers I have written for those who may be interested. Picture This are fun writing exercises I compiled for my younger students.
One of my favourite quotes about writing is from Katherine Paterson:
Beauty is defined by physicists as having simplicity, harmony, and brilliance. Those are also the properties that author Katherine Paterson feels are crucial to good writing; brilliance being ‘the light that a book sheds not only on itself but beyond itself to other stories and other lives. (Zinsser in Riding the Wind, p42.)