1. A cup of plot. A plot that proceeds logically from beginning to end, giving the reader a sense that this is exactly how the story must be told.

 2. Four tablespoons of conflict. Okay, I’m dropping the recipe joke… let’s just get on with this! Conflict is an essential part of a good story plot. So, who or what is your main character in conflict with?

3. Dialogue. Exciting dialogue that brings the reader into the story. Dialogue where children don’t talk like adults, and where all the children and adults don’t talk like each other. Make each character a separate person and they will automatically speak differently and have more interesting things to say.

Listen in to discover the other 5 ingredients for a perfectly delectable story!

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