Inspired by our course, Writing for Children and Teens, let’s dig into story form. We discuss:

  • The full story arc and how it pertains to all books—whether they’re 32 pages or 400 pages.
  • How the story problem may not take the form of an urgent conflict or challenge but it might consist instead of a puzzle or question, an embarrassing situation, a hunt, or a misunderstanding.
  • Setting up a pre-existing problem.
  • Playing with your basic idea until you see how you can give it the three-part shape we’ve just described.
  • What’s wrong with an identical twin or the old, “It was all a dream . . . or was it?” scenario.
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