Secrets to Writing the Best Story Ever (Tips and Tricks from a Faber Writing Academy Course) by Shaye Wardrop
My day started at
I'd made it. I was at the Getting Published as a Writer for Children course at the Faber Writing Academy.
It was a pleasure and an
And this course really had it all. Presented by Jane Godwin (author and editor), and with guest speakers Davina Bell (author and editor) and Liz Seymour (book designer), my classmates and I received a comprehensive and insightful behind-the-scenes look at how to create successful children's stories, what happens in a publishing house and how books are designed.
But what about those secrets, right? How
There was a lot we
Voice. Voice is the most important thing.
Here's what I
- Voice comes from within
- Voice is emotional memory and your emotional connection with the age of your readers
- Voice is authenticity and originality
- Voice is you
Strongvoice makes editors stop and take notice. It's what they're looking for!
But how do you find your voice, and how do you get it into your stories?
Jane encouraged us to make an emotional connection with ourselves as children. To think like our readers and think about who we were, and what we liked/disliked, when we were their age.
The aim is to make our readers believe we've actually lived our stories. And the best way to achieve that is to tap into our childhood mind, access our experiences and memories, and try to get the feelings and emotions associated with those memories onto the page.
We need to BE the child.
We did a couple of exercises to help us start thinking like kids again, but my
Taking what I
I believe the result will be more original, authentic and vivid stories. In other words, the best stories ever!