And before you say anything… I KNOW that plotting and writing a children’s book is just as much of a challenge as writing a novel for adults. BUT (because I’ve had over 70 books for kids published) I also know that I have, in the past, been able to plot, write and polish a short book for kids in a weekend.
If you haven’t tried your hand at it before, why not have a shot? (And if you have published other books for kids, then have a go anyway… see how much you can do in a week.)
Here’s the challenge:
- Use the ‘quick plot’ outlined below.
- Choose your characters and setting
- Work out the main problem
- Plot the book
If you’re feeling dead keen, you can even start writing it – but I was going to leave that for next week.
Quick Plot for Kids
- Create an interesting character.
- Give that character a problem OR a special goal.
- Let him/her think about and come up with an idea for solving that problem or achieving that goal.
- Create some OPPOSITION for the main character. Usually this is a person, but it can be weather, geography, or circumstances.
- Create three hurdles that the main character has to overcome before ‘winning through’. Each one should be harder than the one before – and each problem should be solved through the character’s own grit, wits and determination.
- Craft a satisfying ending.
That’s it. Off you go!