Now I just want to give you some bullet points of her talk, which was entitled "Rx for Children's Book Creators: Getting your Stories Straight". I can obviously not do it justice in my short-form blog, so I'm just gonna hit some key points/phrases. She broke down three elements of a story and related it to both the stories we write and our personal writer story that we are living.
- Plot comes from character
- Character is everything
- You have to know the character's heart way before the story starts
- What the character wants is the physical plot line
- Why the character wants it is the emotional plot line
- Why do you write for children?
- What are your nouns and verbs?
- The setting gives the reader a framework, a reference point
- What are the settings in your life as a writer?
- For example: the world of children's literature, publishing, other writers, etc.
- Plot is when the character is in action - confronting and overcoming obstacles
- An interconnectedness of events should be present
- There needs to be action and reaction and the accompanying emotion
- A chronology is essential to the plot
- What are the actions, obstacles, emotions in your own story as a writer?