Here are a few tips that work:
- Have a very basic story outline, in the form of titles for each section, on one sheet of paper. On it put: character, setting, problem/complication, resolution, ending.
- Make up a pack 2 types of cards, one with random nouns, the other with random adjectives. I use this in writing workshops with up to 60 children at a time. They love it! And, more importantly, it's a simple way to improve their vocabulary and spelling, with words such as librarian, fairy, archaeologist, magician.
- Each child randomly selects a noun, ie: 'mechanic' or 'bunny'
- then two adjective cards, ie: 'grumpy' or 'cheerful'. Voila! They have a main character.
- They can then go through the process again to select a minor character/evil dude/offsider.
- Discuss how and where these two characters would meet and what they both want to do.
- Discuss a story idea, whether it starts as a recount (something they experienced in real life) or as a completely made-up idea. (narrative)
- Ask: Who is in this story? What happens to them? Where does this happen? And start typing.
- This is where the basic story structure sheet is perfect for guiding along. You'll find you can't type/write fast enough!