Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Important Middle

It's Writing Wednesday. Without a plot, what have you got? (Repeat three times aloud.) Not a story, that's for sure. The result may be a good concept book, or a bad musing. Nothing beats a solid story with a beginning, middle, and end. Often, right smack in the middle of a picture book something important happens--an accident, a discovery, a loss, a storm, a wild rumpus--something important. Not every picture book is structured this way, but many are. Read some picture books and analyze the tales with this in mind. What's happening right at the midpoint of your story? Is it something that will make the child eager to keep listening?

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