As writers, one of the most important things we do is create characters. Specifically, heroic characters. Our character needs to do more than look the part, they have to act like one too. Their actions must back up their character in a way that makes them worthy of our interest and their role in the story.
You might think that writing for children means you don’t need to fact-check things. But in middle grade and young adult literature, the credibility of the story is not that hard to gain, and incredibly easy to lose.
A good writer will tell you that the labels have shifted and blurred and it’s hard to tell which one best describes the work most succinctly. But it is the blurring and blending of these genres that creates new, interesting work. Despite there only being two, or seven, or thirty-six fundamental plots, we as writers, can still satisfy the need for something new with the combinations of ideas and strong emotional cores for our characters.
Let’s take a tour of fairy tale techniques and use them in our own work!
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It doesn’t matter what gets you started, so long as something does. But the real trouble is how to develop the idea into something more.
Let’s talk about objects and how they can enhance your stories. Objects can help being characters and worlds off the page.
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