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Writing Short Stories for Children.

  • Choose a narrative point of view . You can write your children’s short story like one of the characters (first person), as an individual narrator presents the thoughts and observations of a character (in the third person ), or as an individual narrator who presents the thoughts and observations of several characters. A story from the point of view of the first person refers to the protagonist as “I” instead of “he” or “she.”
  • Create a protagonist or main character . This must be the most developed character and usually the friendliest in this short story for children .
  • Create a problem or conflict, for the protagonist . The conflict of the tale¬†usually has¬†one of the five basic forms: person versus person, person versus self, person against nature, person against society, or of the person in front of God or fate. If you choose conflict from person to person, develop an antagonist to serve as the person to whom the protagonist must face.
  • Set believable characters and scenes in the story , with vivid descriptions and dialogue, to create a children’s story that will fascinate readers.
  • Build the narrative tension of the story making the protagonist have several failed attempts to try to solve or overcome the problem or conflict in the story. (You may want to skip this step for shorter stories.)
  • Describe a crisis to serve as the last opportunity for the protagonist as he/she solves the problem or conflict of the story.
  • Resolving the tension narrative making the protagonist triumph through his/her own intelligence, creativity, courage or other positive attributes. This is usually called, the climax of the short story.
  • Extend this resolution phase , if you wish, to reflect on the action of the story and what it means for the characters in today’s society.