I recently had the pleasure of attending a Melbourne book signing, by the best selling children’s author, Jacqueline Harvey. Of course, it was a beautifully girlie affair (though I did note a couple of dads!) with cupcakes and cordial, and much chat about Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose.
What I wasn’t expecting, was to promptly change from my ‘mum hat’ into my ‘author hat’ when Jacqueline asked the audience of passionate, articulate 7-9 year olds, “What makes a great kid’s story?”
Cue a flurry of enthusiastically raised hands, and a swift lesson in storytelling, that no writers’ conference could ever have provided! So, here goes, from the mouths of babes:
What Makes a Great Kid’s Story?
- Straight to the POINT (NO long intros…YAWN)
- NO adults
- Characters that I WANT TO BE
- A BRAVE main character
- Story set in INTERESTING PLACES
- Mystery – a PROBLEM to be SOLVED