Is there anyone who has not grown up reading fairy tales or listening to stories, traveling to dreamy worlds? Stories that soothed us, that taught us values, that helped us to be strong and that filled us with excitement and happiness.
But how does one write a story? A story that will move, that will dance, that will breathe, that will carry you as if you were the protagonist? But of course, with imagination and creativity as a vehicle, one will travel through the thoughts that will become words, that will set up a whole story! In the following lines we will reveal secrets that will help everyone write the most exciting story! So, let’s get started! Are you ready; Grab a pen and paper or just turn your computer on and let’s get started…
- Inspiration is everywhere. Inspiration can come from art, music, visual arts, or even a painting, a photograph, or a comic book.
- If we bring to mind stories that we have loved, we will see that they all have a beginning, middle and of course the grand finale.
- But the ones who bring the stories to life are the heroes. Some have leading roles, others minor roles, but all are essential to the unravelling of the story. Heroes are the ones who win over our hearts. Heroes who are different, not ordinary, heroes who are constantly discovering new things. Heroes who use their senses, who live every exciting moment to the fullest and put the reader in the happy position of experiencing the story themselves. So, for starters let’s make our hero. Let’s start by asking the right questions.
- What does our hero look like?
- What does he like and what doesn’t he like?
- Who are those who surround him?
- Even the script and the plot of the book must be original and draw the interest of the reader. The place where the plot will unfold is an important factor. A place with bright colours, with strange routes, a place that awakens memories but also conceals the unexpected. To inspire such a place, one can think along the following questions and set the imaginary scene of a story.
- Where does the story take place?
- Where does/did the event that one wants to describe in the story take place?
- How does this event affect the hero/heroes?
- The place where it happens/happened, how does it affect the development of the story?
- Next we should think about the challenge the heroes have to face. This is how the story will come to life. If everything goes smoothly, the story becomes boring, and the reader loses interest. When the problems and adventures of the hero touch the reader, the more interesting the story becomes.
- Finally we reach the solution! That is, how will the heroes solve the problem and who is the one who will provide the solution before the heroes give up everything? How will your own story end?
There is a bar that is the expected, the usual, the predictable. Successful writers aim both above and below this bar. In this way, they pleasantly surprise the reader and keep his attention focused on the continuation of the reading.
Every story holds at least one hidden message, something we will remember, something we will laugh at and something that will make us think. Hans Christian Andersen said: “Fairy tales are written to put children to sleep and help adults to wake up.”
- Finally, an important role in a book for children is played by the illustration. A vivid illustration catches the eye of the young reader whether it is a regular or a digital book. Even the imaginative vocabulary and funny expressions make the reading more attractive.
Pedagogical tips of a good story
- Be adapted to the child’s language context. The child’s vocabulary is gradually mastered. Thus, it is necessary to use structures already familiar to the child, so that the texts are comprehensible, easy to understand and do not make the child feel bored. The introduction to more complex structures must be done progressively and wisely.
- Be adapted to the child’s cognitive wealth. The topics should be related to situations already known and familiar to people and things familiar and dear. Later in older ages the broadening of knowledge and experiences through fairy tales also take place smoothly.
- Satisfy the child’s need for movement and interaction.
- Satisfy the child’s need for joy but without causing strong, shocking emotions.
- To be simple, demonstrative, supervisory.
- To cultivate kind feelings and ideals in children.