I know, I know that's not very many words. But for a person who writes picture books, it is a lot of words!
I've written the entire story. I am now editing and adding flesh to the bones
I have changed the names of two of the characters. I've made them more interesting.
My story has pets - a cat, a pregnant beagle and 4 puppies!
My main character is a boy. I've given him a habit or ritual that he does all the time. But, by the end of the story, he doesn't have to do it anymore.
The main character is imaginative, his friend is smart and he has a handicap.
I've added a short paragraph to the first page that will make the reader want to read more. I think that is very important, they need to want to read more! Something needs to draw them into the story.
I have added the month, date and year into the writing on the second page, so the reader knows when the story takes place. (It is a historical fiction)
Comment and let me know what you think.
What makes a good middle grade? What makes a middle grade book interesting for kids?
I am very anxious to finish. My goal is to get 20,000 words.
I know that is a little short for a middle grade, but I believe it is enough for my story.
posted by Janet F. Smart at Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch
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