Friday, 1 August 2014

Writing for Children - Tip 7 #writetip

Tip 7 – Make a Plan

Let’s say you have the germ of an idea that you think would make an interesting novel. How do you turn that germ into a plot that will fill the pages of a book? The answer is to make a detailed plan, which will be your blueprint for success.

A children’s story needs to be full of action, with lots of twists and turns and plenty of problems for the heroes to overcome. The plot must have a beginning, middle and end, but you also need to know where the subplots should go. A subplot is a secondary storyline that runs through the book in addition to the main theme. This often involves the secondary characters in conflicts that may cause your main protagonist extra headaches.

Some Tips to Help You Get Organized:

  • Decide on a theme
  • Make notes of what you want to happen
  • Choose your main character
  • Give him an enemy or rival
  • Add more characters with problems
  • Write a basic plot with the beginning, middle and end, then decide where to place subplots to add even more excitement
  • Add inner conflict, so that your hero has emotional or insecurity issues to contend with, as well as the external ones
  • Put your main and/or secondary characters back into jeopardy as soon as you’ve rescued them from danger
  • Keep asking yourself what could happen to the hero next

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