Starting with basic structure and how it affects pacing.
Children's novels are a lot like scripts:
- They are relatively short.
- They need to reveal the story very early on.
- They need to be tight and active.
- They must be well-paced.
When looking at a manuscript as a whole, you must be able to identify four key elements:
I think the most critical element in a middle grade novel is the setup.
The longer you take to start the story, the more you risk losing the reader.
The setup should reveal:
- Whose story it is
- Where the story takes place
- A sense of the style or tone of the story
- What the story is about
According to scriptwriting formulas, there are two important parts of the setup:
- The catalyst
- The central question