At then end of this past school year, my newly-minted little 3rd grader came home with a bag full of stuff from 2nd grade. In it, I came across this cute little construction paper project which must have been created in her Word Study unit. I just had to share! My second-grader was learning all of these wonderful writing terms like:
- The main character: The Girl in Gooney Bird Green, a book they were reading as a class.
- Secondary character: the parents….
I was totally impressed! Did you learn these components of fiction writing as early as 8 years old? I don’t think I did!
Just think of what kind of jump-start our youngest little authors may have over those who didn’t get started this young…that is, if she wants to be a writer!
Looking at these school papers got me interested in looking at my own work-in-progress, as elementary as that may be. Ask yourself these questions:
- Who are my main characters? Secondary ones? Teriatry characters? What purpose do they all have? Are they all necessary?
- How about suspense? Do I have it? How much? Is the story–and suspense–paced right?
- Do I have any strong messages I want my reader to take away from reading this book (themes)? What are they? How effective are my flashbacks (backstory)? Do I have too much? Too little? Can I reveal it in the right amount of time, considering pacing?
- And come to think of it–I am not sure if I have any flashforwards.
Sometimes, writing a novel can be very straightforward–hey, if they are teaching it to our 2nd graders, an adult surely can do it, right?!
Write on, Wednesday!