As an author, I often visit primary schools where I read my books and talk to children about writing. Children are always full of wonderful questions and we talk about both their writing and mine. I can guarantee that at some point during the visit I will be asked how do I write my stories and my answer is always the same…I create a skeleton!
This response always results in a mixture of confused faces and giggles but I do. I really do create a skeleton and by downloading my Becoming an Author article you can see exactly how I do it and encourage your little ones to create their very own skeleton….creating their own unique story as they go…just click here to download my Becoming an Author article.
I have drawn on my own experiences of working in a school, using the current curriculum, to create this article.
Added –I’ve had great feedback on this activity but thought you might like to see a joint effort between a brother and sister. Big sister Freya wrote the story, using my beginning, middle, and end instructions while little brother James was the illustrator. I love how it resulted in them both working together! Thank you for sending this to me:)