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Free Writing Tips

The Co-op is pleased to present free writing tips from Julie Bogart, the creator of the popular Brave Writer writing curriculum.

Fiction Plots

Together with your kids select one of your favorite family books and follow the plot by jotting down the important action points on paper or on the computer. List the chapter names or numbers and then fill in what happens in each chapter. For example: Who are the key characters and where do they come into the story? What major events took place and when? How much time is covered during the entire book? Did you notice the suspense and tension and how it rises and falls? Where does the climax begin and end?

Taking apart a plot and having a good look at the storyline will help your kids in their own writing, as it shows how other writers turn a bunch of ideas into a fully formed story with shape, rhythm and structure––the most useful skill a writer can have!
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