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How to Write Children's Short Stories (for the Middle Reader)

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This book covers the main aspects of craftsmanship for children’s short story writing for the middle age group (8-12 years). Focus is on testing the initial idea for its suitability in the short story framework, character development, mastering basic language, plot and scene structure, dialogue, pacing, the beginning, the twist, the plan and the concept of ‘SHOW, not tell’. The fundamental importance of conflict and rising tension in the story is highlighted throughout.

The text reveals some original perspectives and methods which will benefit anyone working with this genre. The author uses samples from his own work to clarify the theory, and many chapters offer imaginative exercises designed to develop specific skills. From the start, the writer is encouraged to think dynamically about their writing for this market.

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