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Create an Alien

Creating weird and wonderful characters are a great way to kickstart the imagination, especially when you have nothing to base your character on. Aliens are one character that can be explored as you’re not limited by mythology. Some kids will start with a stereotype of a green man from Mars, […]

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How to Read Widely

Last week, we talked about reading widely as a way to improve your writing. This week, we’re sharing some strategies to how to read widely. Whether you’re in a reading rut, or you don’t know where to start to find books outside your usual genre, here are some strategies to […]

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Write Lists

One fun activity to do is to write a list. Writing a list can be a fun warm up activity or can help with planning your story. It can also be a way to move your story forward when you’re completely stuck. Here are a few ideas for lists to […]

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Read Widely

Everyone has their favourite authors, genres, and series of books. It’s easy to stick to those same books and read them over and over. If you ever needed a reason to go beyond your favourite is this: one of the best ways to improve your writing is to read widely. […]

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Write Fan Fiction

Fan fiction is writing a story using the characters and settings from a TV show, movie, or book. A lot of young, and older, writers write fan fiction. These are often short stories based on the writers favourite fictional universe, and they are a lot of fun to write. If […]

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Where to find ideas

One question that comes up time and time again is: Where do ideas come from? The simple answer is – they come from all sorts of places! Some of them are: Dreams – every now and again, do you wake up in the morning after a particularly good dream and think That […]

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Ideas Notebook

Sometimes, a snippet of a story idea can come even if it’s not a fully fledged story. These ideas can come at the most unexpected moments, then they’re gone. Many kids don’t know what to do with this and, when it comes time to sit and write a story, they […]

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Simple Editing Tips

Every book you read has gone through a process of editing from the first draft to the version you read in a published book. This includes all forms of books including novels and short stories in anthologies. Once you’ve written your first draft, the next step is to do some […]

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