Your story should always be complete before you send it to Kids
on the Net. We don't publish unfinished stories, because too many
people have given up before sending the whole story!
Finish your story and check it over, and make it as good
as can be. Work on it on paper, or in a word-processor.
When it is finished and you have edited it, then type or paste it
into the forms on the website.
Stories written straight into the form are not usually good enough
to be published.
- Write about something that you at least know something about.
If you don't know some of the facts - and research the information
you need carefully.
- Be inspired by what's around you. Don't overlook your school
as a source of inspiration.
- Keep a diary every day — of things that happens to the
people in your class and family — and you'll have enough
to write about for a dozen novels.
Getting started - from author Philip Ardagh
Often, one of hardest things about writing is actually getting
started. A blank page, or computer screen, stares at you as if to
say: 'You think you're soooo clever. What are you going to write
on me then, huh?' Once you've written down a sentence or idea -
however simple or straightforward - then you've got something to
Remember, writing a story isn't just about saying what happens.
The way you tell something can be as important (and FUN) as the
actual events you're describing. Take falling out of a tree, for
example. It's an ordinary event, but there are so many different
ways you can write it up.
Suspense: Will he, won't he fall?
Emotion: The fear, the fall, the pain...
Humour: Ooops! Aaaaaargh! THUD! (or, if it's a taller tree: Ooops!
And how did that person get to be up in a tree in the first place?
And what happened after the fall? From the simplest of ideas, other
ideas are already beginning to take shape. Maybe it wasn't a person
up the tree at all, but a penguin... and how, on Earth, did a penguin
get to be up a tree? Did it parachute from a helicopter? Maybe it
wasn't a tree, either. Maybe it was an ICEBERG.
Now lots of ideas are fizzing around the brain, down the arms and
into the pen or keyboard. Hey presto! No more smug blank page or
computer screen trying to stare you out. You're in charge. The writing
is beginning to take shape...
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