When you are working on writing the details of your story, consider the following points:
For your story…
- Decide your target audience. Define age, reading level and gender right from the start.
- Create a satisfying story where problems are solved and good wins in the end.
- Every word counts and each word is the perfect choice.
- Sense of whimsy, sense of silly and a sense of humour all make good sense!
For your characters, tone and imagery…
- Strong characters also have weaknesses and experience change by the end of the story.
- Visuals should move the story forward.
- Don’t lecture or talk down to young readers.
- You can include frightening things in your story but anything scary should never touch a character physically.
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