Category Archives: John Marsden’s 600 Writing Topics

John Marsden Writing Topic #291

Write a story about house cats, that have gone wild and grown to a large size.** This short story was partially written by the Australian Writers’ Centre. The first part was written by them for the First Friday Fix – November 2022 writing challenge, with that particular challenge focusing on writing the ending of a story. The black, bolded part

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John Marsden Writing Topic #581

Write a monologue where someone starts off lying but gradually becomes honest.** This short story was partially written by the Australian Writers’ Centre. The first part was written by them for the First Friday Fix – November 2022 writing challenge, with that particular challenge focusing on writing the ending of a story. The black, bolded part is the ending I’ve

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John Marsden Writing Topic #556

Describe a scene in which there is only a moment of action: a very small activity.** This short story was partially written by the Australian Writers’ Centre. The first part was written by them for the First Friday Fix – November 2022 writing challenge, with that particular challenge focusing on writing the ending of a story. The black, bolded part

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John Marsden Writing Topic #516

Write a story that consists entirely of dialogue.** Rough Landing “Are you a nervous flyer?” “Is it that obvious?” “Only because I used to be like that.” “You? You’re kidding!” “No, every pilot feels like this. Don’t worry it will all be over soon.” “It will?” “Yeah, the plane’s nearly out of fuel. That’s what they get for firing me.”

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John Marsden Writing Topic #233

Write about the death of an animal.** Left Behind For fifty days the bushfire raged on, burning away everything in its path. Once an emergency had been declared, everyone started to flee. Not everyone, humans and animals included, made it out. Some had died and others were stuck, slowly trying to make their way by foot, Percy included. Percy, the

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