Have you ever had to do something you did not want to do? In Bedtime Billy does not want to go to bed. He comes up with all kinds of reasons and excuses as to why he should not go to bed.
This story is placed under True Tales because, even though the names have been changed, some of my children did just what Billy did — come up with things to do rather than go to bed. I wrote this story for one of my sons when he was just learning to read. That son enjoyed staying up late and was always trying to stay up later. He used many of the same reasons and excuses that Billy uses.
Now for a writing prompt or two.
Write a story about why Billy doesn’t want to go to bed. Is he scared? Is he lonely? Is he too awake to sleep? Or is there some other reason why he really does not want to go to bed?
Or . . . you could write about a time when you had to do something you did not want to do. What did you have to do? Why didn’t you want to do it? What did you do to try to get out of doing it? Did you end up doing it? If you did what you had to do, how was the experience? Was it better, worse, or just what you expected? When you’re done, you might want to add this bit of to your journal.