During February I spent the month revising workshops and resources about structure as well as beginning a quest to re-read some of my favourite childhood books. I also began to locate more contemporary books for middle grades and youth to unravel for their structure and best features.
I am putting enormous amounts of efforts into outlining, researching, and structuring prior to beginning my full write ups of the first draft of middle grade novels. Furthermore, I am seeking to support this by my study of the books I love and admire, I am making my journey through the first drafts.
I especially enjoyed revisiting the Worst Witch, and examining the length of the book, chapters, scenes, and how black line illustrations were distributed throughout. It is so well balanced, with just enough of description, dialogue and humour to appeal to the young reader. This book still makes me giggle!
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