Sunday, May 5, 2013

Some elements you need to make your story outstanding

Let’s imagine that you’ve worked very had to create a children’s story. You've spent  weeks, or months, pouring over every detail. You think this is the one, the story of your dreams. How do you know what elements you need to include? How do you know what the editors prefer?  Here are some suggestions of things you should check before you mail your manuscript off to the editor.
·        Does your opening have a “hook?”- A “hook” is something that will peak your young reader’s interest and make them want to know what happens next. It’s very important because without an interesting opening, your readers won’t want to finish the story.
·         Typos:  Have you proofread your manuscript for typing errors? Have you checked for correct grammar? These things are very important. They help show the editor that you’ve carefully reviewed your work.
·        Conflict: Does your main character have a problem to solve? Did you create enough suspense so your young readers will keep turning the pages?
·        Is the story age appropriate? Is the language in your story correct for your age group?
·        Dialogue: Does the dialogue move the story along? It needs to advance the plot. You don’t want dialogue included that doesn’t have a purpose in the story.
·        Have you done enough revisions? From my own experience, as the author of 4 children’s stories, It took 13 revisions before I was pleased with my first book, “Tails of Sweetbrier.” I find it’s most important to read through your story. Think carefully about revisions. What would you like to change? Maybe you have too many of the same word in one section. Is the language is a little boring anywhere? These things are all important to check so that you present your best work.
Does the ending work well? Does your ending sum things up? Does it seem just right to you? Does it leave your reader guessing about anything, or does it reenforce the message you want to convey? If it ties everything together neatly and you're comfortable with it, you've done a great job. 
·        Finally, are you proud of your story? In my opinion, it’s vital that you present a manuscript that reflects your best efforts. Your readers deserve nothing less.
I hope these little hints are helpful to you so that you can create the story of your dreams.


  1. Thank you so much, Sherry! I'm always thrilled to receive your comments because I have tremendous respect for your talents.

  2. Important basic checklist for every author. God bless, Deanie. Maria at Delight Directed Living

  3. Thank you for the compliment, Maria and for stopping by my blog.

  4. These are all good tips to keep in mind when editing. "To write is human, to edit is divine." ~Stephen King
    Thanks for sharing Deanie!

  5. Thank you for the comment, Melissa. Editing is so important. We all get bleary-eyed trying to see every little thing we'd like to change. I usually write something and then the next day I wonder what possessed me to write it that way! Yikes.