Once within the app, you are guided to create eight sections for a story (opening, main characters, other characters, setting, dilemma, random language feature, objects, and ending) which act as a scaffold for writing a story. Re-spins are allowed, but limited to three during the whole process. By the end of completing the eight sections, you are given a story outline which pupils can then develop into their own stories. These can be printed off, so pupils have them accessible when writing their stories.
The app is NOT prescriptive – pupils can include as many of the ideas as they wish but they don’t have to include all of them. Whether they include a few or every one they certainly will be learning a great deal about the genre. It’s all about getting them involved which each part of the writing process, giving them motivation and confidence to write a masterpiece.
The Science Fiction Story Machine for iPad is currently priced at £1.49*, available on the Apple App Store (Click the icon below, or in the review box above).
*Price correct at time of publication