Roald Dahl's Imaginormous Challenge 2019

Some writing tips from Roald Dahl himself

Not sure where to start when it comes to writing down your idea? You’re in luck: we’ve got some top writing tips from the greatest storyteller we know.


We are sent so many splendid story ideas to Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge - so how to make sure yours stands out? Here’s seven tremendous tips from Mr Dahl himself to get you started.


You should have a lively imagination.

The Imaginormous Challenge is judged on pure imagination - so this one is the most important!


You should be able to write well. By that I mean you should be able to make a scene come alive in the reader’s mind.

There’s an easy way to test this one - read your idea to a parent or a friend, and ask them how they pictured the characters or settings. Does it match how you pictured them?


You must have stamina. In other words, you must be able to stick to what you are doing and never give up.

We’re not sure how much stamina it takes to write one hundred words or less, but never giving up is essential!


You must be a perfectionist. That means you must never be satisfied with what you have written until you have rewritten it again and again, making it as good as you possibly can.

It might not seem hard to write one hundred words, but are they the best one hundred words you could choose? 


You must have strong self-discipline. 

The best ideas come when there are no distractions around you - when inspiration hits, write it down straight away!


It helps a lot if you have a keen sense of humour. 

You can start by thinking of the funniest bits in Roald Dahl’s books - why does it make you laugh when the Trunchbull get scared by the newt, or when Augustus Gloop gets stuck in the chocolate pipe?


You must have a degree of humility. The writer who thinks that his work is marvellous is heading for trouble.

We think this one probably applies to grown-up writers. If you think your work is marvellous, then send it in! 


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