Andy Griffiths Writing Challenge #5

Andy Griffiths, the author of Just Crazy, Just Tricking, Zombie Bums from Uranus and The 13-storey Treehouse, has just released his book about writing, called Once Upon a Slime.  In this very cool book he gives lots of tips about writing and some activities to help you become a better writer.  You’re probably looking for something to do in the holidays so why not try an Andy Griffiths writing challenge.

In the box below there is a writing challenge from Andy’s book, Once Upon a Slime.  Why not try it out and post your writing here on the blog.  Just post your piece of writing as a comment at the end of this post, along with your name and email address.  At the end of the week we’ll choose our favourite piece of writing and the author will win a prize pack of goodies from Typo.

Make the unbelievable believable

Add a made-up piece of nonsense to the end of each of the following sentence beginnings.

  • Scientific studies show…
  • I heard on the news that…
  • Recent research findings prove that…
  • Statistics show…
  • Experts say…
  • It’s a well-known fact that…
  • Nine out of ten doctors recommend…

For more great writing ideas check out Andy Griffiths’ new book, Once Upon a Slime.

3 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Tierney said,

    A Study In Custard.

    “Scientific studies show that eating custard three times a day with fish fingers will minimize your chance of catching yellow fever; a disease cured by eating liberal amounts of custard,” says Dr. Gloopicus.

    “I heard on the news that there are 154 ways of making a custard pie,” 73-year-old Mrs. Splatt explains, “but I know this to be wrong. I tried every method ever heard of, and there are actually 155.”

    “Recent research findings prove that custard will withstand large shocks without being destroyed, making it a perfect substance for building houses,” says Prof. Dratsuc, who works at the University of Custard. “We are currently working on the first custard skyscraper.”

    “Statistics show that 78 percent of people prefer their custard hot.” These poll results were published in Custard Monthly, a popular magazine. However, some disagree.

    “Experts say that cold custard is fantastic on rough skin around areas such as heels and knees,” says supermodel Clarisse Ustard, who launched her nail polish brand this year; C. Ustard Nails. “I use custard on my skin once a week- and look at me!”

    “It’s a well-known fact that lying in a bathtub full of cold custard improves your chances of passing exams by 35%,” claims mathematics teacher Ms. Yellow. Ms. Yellow gives out cartons of custard for her students to snack on while studying.

    Nine out of ten doctors reccomend keeping a 2-litre carton of custard in your fridge for first aid emergencies. Custard can cure sore throats, paper cuts, headaches and hunger.

    Sir C. Cream was unable to give his opinion on the matter, as he was tragically killed when he was sucked into a patch of custardsand while studying foreign custard recipes in Africa. May he rest in custard.

  2. 2

    Bailey said,

    Hi, my name is Bailey and this is my entry.

    Experts say that plastic bags are more useful than you think.

    Statistics show that 99% of plastic bags are good places to put things in.

    9 out of 10 doctors recommend not putting plastic bags over your head…it’s dangerous.

    It’s a well-known fact that plastic bags can’t hold heavy things such as small children and dogs.

    I heard on the news that if you place an empty plastic bag on the ground it shall blow away.

    Recent research findings prove that plastic bags are very useful, but sometimes dangerous.

  3. 3

    Luka said,

    Hi, I’m Luka and this is my entry.

    Oboe Practice.

    Scientific studies show that if the oboe is played hard enough it has the same effect as a small atomic bomb.
    Experts say that is a boat is sinking the oboe proves to be the most effective distress horn.
    Statistics show that 37% of all oboe players wear SuperQuiet (trademark) earplugs and have experienced much less ear strain that those without.
    9 out of 10 doctors recommend “oboe therapy”- playing oboe music to patients makes them much more calm and manageable.
    “Swan Lake” has proved the best.
    It’s a well-known fact that when there is a shortage of bagpipes, the oboe can be used to easily fill it’s place.
    I heard on the news that Mr. O. Boe played the oboe too hard and his head popped from too much pressure. I think he’s in a serious condition in hospital. Head-inflating surgery may have to be performed.
    Recent research findings prove that playing oboe makes you stronger. It improves the strength of your lips, lungs and fingers, so it is the ideal tool if you’re training to climb Mt. Everest.

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