Monday Motivation #8

This week’s #MondayMotivation joins the worldwide celebrations! [1]

We start by taking a look at some of Dahl’s amazing achievements, like how he invented over 250 new words, such as Snozzcumbers and Jellycopters!!! [2]

As writers here at The Student Wordsmith, we can all take some much needed motivation from Dahl especially when it comes to his writing practices!  Such new ways of working might help to keep us on top form throughout these hard Autumn months… For example, Dahl would write for four hours a day at set times (10am-12pm, 4pm-6pm) and had his own ‘writing hut’ (*read shed*) at the bottom of his garden. He also preferred to write by hand in an exercise book rather than use a typewriter, and he would often base his characters on people he knew or met. Did you know that Sophie in the BFG was named after his granddaughter – model and cook, Sophie Dahl!? [3]

Roald Dahl’s books for children are cherished and have captured the imaginations of the young and the old alike. Many have been made into films and many famous actors have brought his characters to life on the screen (e.g. Gene Wilder & Johnny Depp have both starred as Willy Wonka in the film versions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

Can you think of other famous actors who have starred as Dahl characters? As big fans, we would love to hear about more! Alternatively, why not tell us who your favourite Roald Dahl character is on Twitter (@studentword12) or Instagram (@studentword):