As you know I was lucky enough to get an Arts Council of Australia- 2020 Resilience Create Grant for my series Indie Outback. This one is a little special because it is my first solo middle reader book- usually Carl and I have written together. Carl is busy working on his Backyard Sports picture book series with Blak&Write Fellowship through the State Library of Queensland supported by Hachette and Arts Council of Australia.
So now Indie’s adventures have been splattered on my brainstorm mindmap page it is time for some structure to her story. That’s where a story board or narrative outline can come in handy. It will help me decide where the story is going- and to make sure it has all the important parts. All good narratives follow a similar basic pattern- the orientation, complication, climax and resolution. All good writers can play with this and add as much complication as they want to spice up their stories.
So at this stage of writing its about finding the best parts from my elaborate brainstorm that will weave together into a story. For me I have the luxury of playing with all the ideas across three middle reader books. Middle reader books are typically between 20,000 and 50,000 words so I have a lot of words to play with. The challenge is to choose the right things in the right order- that are believable and exciting to follow.
I like to pull in real life experiences from my own life to add depth and make it real. I moved schools 4 times in primary school across Northern Rivers NSW and then to Geelong VIC. So I know what it is like being the ‘new kid’ in a school like Indie will be. I’ve lived in small town rural Australia- so know the sense of awe and overwhelm when you move to a remote town in the outback. I’ll draw those feelings and experiences into the writing.
For now, though… back to the actual writing! Thanks for following me on this journey!