Sibling Rivalry

Sibling Rivalry

Being the oldest of four siblings, I’ve experienced my fair share of sibling rivalry. Oh, the fights and arguments and tattling! It is a wonder we survived it all, especially my little brother. He was notorious for harassing his sisters. I remember one particular morning in which he decided to wake me up with a […]

What’s Your Problem?

-The Questions of Conflict

What's Your Problem?

When planning their story, authors use various tools to determine plot line and character development. One effective tool they use is “questioning”. By questioning or interviewing their main character, authors develop a deeper sense of who their character is and how conflict affects them. This, in turn, helps the reader to connect to the character. ACTIVITY […]

“Listen To Me!”

Listen to me

Dialogue is simply the conversation between two or more people within a story. Writers use dialogue to: move the plot forward reveal the relationship between characters increase tension reveal character show how someone feels ACTIVITY Today, you will write a dialogue between two characters. You do not need to write the full story. Choose one of […]

Naming Characters

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By Sophia Mallonée- The names of your characters are just as important as the characters themselves. What’s in a name? Names can give the reader an idea of the background of your character, the location (where in the world) they are from and a sense of the character’s overall identity. A memorable character, usually has […]

Dialogue

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Dialogue is simply the conversation between two or more people within a story. Dialogue is used to: move the plot forward reveal the relationship between characters increase tension reveal character show how someone feels Example (a conversation between the penguins pictured above) “Come on! Let’s try it,” whispered Ping. “But, it’s against […]

Internal Dialogue- Exposing the Thoughts of Your Character

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Today, we are talking about internal dialogue- the thoughts and conversations inside the mind of a character. When I saw the following video, I immediately thought of internal dialogue. The video was made by flying a drone and camera INSIDE a fireworks display. Watch the video and see if you can make […]

Character Study

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By Michelle Lynn Senters KIDS ARE WRITERS is going vintage today. As a writer, I use old photographs to study character. I choose a photo and study the setting, clothing and expression on their face. I imagine their life, what they want, and how they feel. This study often leads to new story ideas. Activity […]

Three Reasons to Use the Unexpected in Your Writing

3 reasons to use the unexpected

By Kirsti Call- Let’s take a look at stories from our childhood.  An elephant and a pig are best friends.  A dinosaur longs to dance the ballet.  A princess saves the prince from a dragon.   What do these stories have in common?  They are unexpected! Unexpected friendships create interest.  In Mo Willems’s, Elephant and Piggie series, we are […]

Anthropomorphism: Make Objects Come Alive

Anthropomorphism

4 Steps to Making Objects Come Alive in Your Writing! Can socks talk? Do eggplants have feelings? Can steering wheels choose to turn? As writers, we can make anything come alive. When we make objects or animals have human qualities, it’s called anthropomorphism! Here’s how to use anthropomorphism in your story. 1. Choose an object. […]