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UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

James McCreet considers the beginning of a book for children

When Reggie Fell Out of the Nest

THE BEGINNING

I wake to a bright sun.1 My body is wet.2 Feels sore.3 I lift my head. Ouch, it hurts.4 Where’s that sweet smell coming from?5 Perhaps those pink roses. My tongue is dry.6 Need a drink but where am I?7 Soft moss covers the ground.8 I stretch my neck and see a giant oak tree.9 At the top, tiny flecks are buzzing around.10 They are coming near.

I strain to focus. Yes it’s my parents.11 “Mum.” I cr y. 12 Why can’t she hear me?13

I try to think. Yes, I remember.14 As usual, Mum and Dad were arguing.15 There was lots of pushing and I got in the way. Bang, fell out.16 Tried to fly but am too little.17 Must have dropped to the floor and got knocked out.18 Oh, what’s that noise.19 Go away, you noisy magpies.20 Stop trying to peck me.21 Must get to those bushes and rest.22

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In the first issue of Writing Magazine for the New Year, we look at what's hot for 2018 as publishing insiders share their predictions for the year ahead. You can get your writing year off to a great new start with advice for all writers - whether you write crime, romance, fantasy, poetry, historical fiction or for children, we've got something in this issue to help and inspire you. • Our star interview is the queen of dynasty sagas, the great Barbara Taylor Bradford. • Keep up to date with the latest opportunities to sell your work and see it in print, and win £58,142 in writing prizes.

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