Story Starters: Nursery Rhymes

Hey, everybody!

I had a good writing prompt idea when I was talking with my dad the other night about Humpty Dumpty (you’ll probably see Dad’s idea in story format when I have the time to write it).
So, anyway, here’s the prompt

Take a nursery rhyme and ask some questions about it. Pick apart what was or wasn’t mentioned. Ask some whys and what ifs. Then write what you think was really the basis for the rhyme itself in a story or poem format.

Some examples:
Did Jack and Jill actually just trip themselves? What sort of nurse would patch a head wound with vinegar and brown paper?

Why did Jack (be nimble) jump over the candlestick?

What made (Diddle-diddle dumpling-my-son) John so tired that he flopped in the bed with one shoe off and on?

What if all the names of animals and dishes in Hey-Diddle-Diddle were code words for certain things?

You get the idea.
Have fun! I’d love to see your stories if you link them in the comments!
Which idea is your favorite?
What nursery rhyme have you always thought looked suspicious?
Tell me below!

~writefury

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5 responses to “Story Starters: Nursery Rhymes

    • Oh, yeah! I didn’t think of that one. Why exactly was she spanking them? What did they do wrong?
      I’d love to see the story if you do it! 🙂

  1. Obi-Wan says that he’s going to have to take apart the tree so no one else leaves a cradle in it. I think that might make a good story, don’t you? 😉
    Oh, wait. He doesn’t want to be photographed. -_- Oh well, I’ll just have to use my imagination. 😛

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