One of the activities that we worked on at the Monsters & Mythology camp in Yongin, Korea, is how to write a more exciting battle scene. In order to coax more description out of my students, I had each of them design their own creature and then “battle” them against each other using multi-sided dice.
This turned out to be a very rambunctious affair, as the students rode the emotional wave of battling their monsters, going through all the ups and downs of losing and winning. Some monsters began the rumble with a lot of power, but ended up losing, due to the luck of the dice. Others hung on to the very end, surviving by the slimmest of margins. After the activity, the students were able to convert this emotional fuel into actual battle stories.
Here are some of their monster profiles . . .