Posted by: Kathryn Hulick | December 15, 2008

What makes a good story?

I’m going to try to keep track of some of the lessons I’ve learned trying to become a children’s writer. This isn’t a “tips on writing” or “how to” list, it’s just things I didn’t really get before, that now I try to think about whenever I’m plotting, editing, or developing a story.

  • Don’t give away too much too fast.
  • Know which is the main plot and wait on the resolution.
  • Keep the tension building right up to the end.
  • If the idea sounds dumb/ridiculous/contrived when you try to explain it to someone, then it is.
  • Hear your characters’ voices in your head.
  • If you make yourself giggle/laugh/cry… it’s a good sign.
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