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Keys to Success in your Children's Story
7/15/2012 6:57:09 AM

When you’re planning a children’s story there are some elements you need in order to make it successful. Here are some hints that will help you write the perfect story that children will love.
• Have a good “hook” in the opening: Children need to be really engaged in a story so you need an interesting beginning that will help them want to keep turning the pages. Sometimes dialogue is good, but you also need action, in order to peak your reader’s interest. For example, in my award winning autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier I wrote:”Have you ever really wanted to do something, but you came across a roadblock of some kind? Maybe you’re afraid of new things, or maybe you have a physical challenge. Are you going to follow your dream or are you going to push it aside without really trying?” The questions leave the readers wondering what happens next.
• Be sure the dialogue moves the story along: Dialogue helps make stories interesting, but be sure it’s related to what’s happening in the story and it serves a purpose, other than just to fill up the page.
• Make your characters believable: Remember to make your characters authentic and realistic. Your characters should have traits that children can identify with. Maybe one of them is overconfident. Maybe one is shy and afraid to try new things. Perhaps one has no self esteem or no friends because he/she is handicapped. You want your readers to feel connected to your characters.
• The main character should learn something important: Your main character should grow by learning something important. Maybe he or she was overconfident, but learned that other kids were not friendly because he/she seemed like a “know it all,” but something happened to change their behavior. Maybe your main character was a bully until someone stood up to him and showed him a different way to behave.
• Tie the beginning and the ending together so the reader can see that something changed for the better. If you can connect the beginning and the ending, the readers will be able to think about the important lessons in your story and what the theme was. The ending should leave the reader satisfied that there was action, interesting dialogue, and an ending that leaves them content with the outcome.
• Be sure to proofread and revise until you feel your work is the best it can be. It’s very important to revise and proofread so that you don’t overlook mistakes in typing, grammar or spelling. Be sure that your work reflects your best effort. Your readers deserve it.

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More Blogs by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
• Deb Hockenberry Reviews Tails of Sweetbrier! - Saturday, August 24, 2013
• Inteview with Award Winnng Author, Carla Burke - Wednesday, June 12, 2013
• Important Hints on Writing an Outstanding Query Letter - Sunday, April 28, 2013
• What is theme? Do you Need Ideas? - Monday, March 04, 2013
• Looking for the Key to Success? Here it is! - Friday, March 01, 2013
• Writing for Children? Will Someone Steal your Work? - Saturday, December 29, 2012
• Writing for Children? Adding Conflict - Monday, November 19, 2012
• Writing for Children? Be Sure your Character Grows - Monday, October 15, 2012
• Another Amazing Olympian, Hiroshi Hoketsu - Tuesday, July 31, 2012
• Interesting Happening from the Olympics - Monday, July 30, 2012
• Kieran Behan, A Winner Against All Odds - Sunday, July 29, 2012
• The Opening Ceremony - Saturday, July 28, 2012
• Go USA Olympians! - Friday, July 27, 2012
• Who Should Publish Your Story? - Thursday, July 26, 2012
• Five Important Truths About Rejection and Your Children’s Book - Wednesday, July 25, 2012
• A Look at the Inspiring life of Children's Author, Carla Burke - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
• Making your Characters Memorable - Monday, July 23, 2012
• Bored with Writing? What to do Next - Sunday, July 22, 2012
• We're bored, now what? - Saturday, July 21, 2012
• Where do you Find Ideas for Your Children's Stories ? - Friday, July 20, 2012
• Beginners Guide to Creating the Pefect Children's Story - Thursday, July 19, 2012
• What is conflict and why is it Important to your Story? - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
• Have you Ever Heard of Easton, CT? - Tuesday, July 17, 2012
• Conquering "Pikes Peak" - Monday, July 16, 2012
•  Keys to Success in your Children's Story - Sunday, July 15, 2012  

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• Reaching Beyond Your Goals Through Therapeutic Riding - Friday, July 13, 2012
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• Cody Jackson, Pint Sized Patriot - Tuesday, July 10, 2012
• A Shout Out to my Readers! - Monday, July 09, 2012
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• It's P. T. Barnum's Birthday-Let's celebrate! - Thursday, July 05, 2012
• Happy Birthday, USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2012
• Consistency-Why is it Important for Your Childrens' Story? - Friday, June 29, 2012
• Creating Memorable Characters for your Children’s Stories - Wednesday, June 13, 2012
• When your Ending Meets the Beginning of your Children's Stroy - Tuesday, February 07, 2012
• Why is Dialogue Important to your Children's Story? - Saturday, January 07, 2012
• Do you Remember the First Story you Published? - Saturday, August 27, 2011
• How was Tails of Sweetbrier Created? - Saturday, August 27, 2011

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