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Story jigsaw

In part one of a new mini-series on assembling the essential components of a children’s story, Amy Sparkes looks at plot and setting


Writing for children is very competitive. If you’d like people to buy your book or offer you representation or a publishing deal, then you need to be at the top of your game. Your story needs to sparkle and captivate. You need to give people no reason to reject your book.

Imagine your book is a jigsaw puzzle – where the jigsaw pieces are the essential components you need for outstanding storytelling. In this new three-part mini-series, we will be looking at plot, setting, theme, characters and writing technique in children’s fiction. This month, we will be looking at plot and setting – both crucial for creating the perfect story.

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