Summer is the perfect time to go on a creative writing adventure. You can work a mini adventure into your family vacation, or simply take a few hours out of your week to whisk yourself away from your routine. Dive into these adventures with the attitude of a literary explorer,
Once again, some of your best learning as a writer will come from reading. First, identify your own weak links as a writer. Are you heavy-handed with description? Do you stumble when creating dialogue? Do you tend to hit the reader over the head with a message?
In order for the reader to understand the impact of the story’s conflict on your protagonist’s life, you first have to show the character’s “normal.” But this normal needs details that have the potential to lead to something much more unstable and interesting.
Place the main character from your story in a setting that’s not in your plot (the mall, a classroom, your own home, etc.) Write a scene in the First Person Viewpoint with your main character narrating his/her reaction to the setting.
Then write the same scene in Third Person Limited.
Now it’s time to take a good hard look at your own work….
Review your own catalyst, and brainstorm on different ways the plot can end. Go beyond the obvious. If you’re already into writing the middle of your book, examine the route your plot is taking. Answer these
A simple and very powerful exercise to discover the secret of great pacing.
Read through some published books similar to what you're writing in age group and genre. If you're writing a funny talking animal picture book, read those. If you're writing a middle grade mystery, check out some