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A Child's guide to Storytelling

Every story has its opening, doesn’t it? So you might start by saying “In

the beginning” or simply “Once upon a time”.


Then you can tell your story. Keep it simple at first, just the main points –

you don’t want to confuse readers at this stage. Afterwards you can fill in

more details when things start spreading out and moving faster.


Now you can introduce your cast – probably just one or two – even though

crowds od ideas and sub-plots are waiting in your mind, dancing around

seeking attention. You might also want to focus on a behind-the-scenes

character who observes and comments on everything that is going on.


The plot usually begins to thicken by itself – actions and reactions begin

to happen. Children are born. More actions and some surprises. Whole

families. There’s lots going on now. Gosh, how did you ever dream this up? 

Floods, sacrifices, burning bushes, travels, troubles, other peoples, other



Oh golly, here’s where things really get out of control and often you

feel you have changed from writer to reader and it’s all you can do

to catch up with all the developments. But somehow you manage to get

everything back on track and slow down a little. My teacher used to say

‘keep it simple’ but boy you should read some of the stuff the other kids are writing.


Anyway you don’t have to write everything all at once. So even if you

think there’s another episode waiting in the wings, be sure to finish

this one by saying THE END.

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