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Get Inspired with Story Starters!

Get Inspired with Story Starters!

There’s still plenty of time to enter the BBC 500 Words short story competition and to help you out, some of your favourite stars have created some inspirational videos!

Looking for a spark to get your story started? Horrible Histories creator Terry Deary and actor Ben Willbond share their top tips for creating original stories

Still puzzling over your plot? Star of Pirates of the Caribbean and the James Bond films Naomie Harris is here to help with this video about structuring your story

You can find more Story Starters videos and all the information you’ll need to enter the competition on the BBC 500 words website.

Don’t forget to submit your creation by 7pm on Thursday 25 February to be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes!

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Information for adults


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