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Creative Writing – A Child’s Artistic Expression – by S.A. Barone

CREATIVE WRITING - A Child’s Artistic Expression
by S.A. Barone - artist, writer

 What is a plot?  Plot is what happens in a story.  A plot is the foundation that holds the story together.  It is also the author’s plan of action.  Good storytelling always has a good plot.  A good plot requires some method of organization and credible characters with strong, believable motivations. 

1. Choose basic characters.   
           Having basic characters allows you to implement key players into your plot-building strategy. 

2. Understand cause and effect. 
           A plot is composed of a chain of events.  Make sure your chain of events has plausible cause and effect.

3. Choose a conflict. 
           The problem, or situation, keeps the story interesting and moving along.  For example, if a character was thinking about dying his hair bright purple but never acted on the thought, would that be      an interesting plot?  It probably would not appeal to to many readers; however, if the character went ahead and did it then he would have to face the repercussions of his actions.  The simple action of dying his hair bright purple could become the basis for a strong story line.

4. Be consistent. 
           If a story is set in a small town, the writer cannot have a character, later in the story, taking an elevator to the 30th floor, because small towns generally do not have skyscrapers. 

Delve into your imagination and jot ideas down for your story plot.  Read other stories to understand what you like and/or dislike in other plots.

Until next time, keep reading and writing.

S. A. Barone

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley  has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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