Day 5: Mapping Out Writing Time: Manageable Goals

Have you seen this interview–Kate DiCamillo on writing–by Jenny Brown of Twenty by Jenny? Kate shares her writing process with Jenny and it made me feel like I was on the right track. Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo writes with “manageable, reachable goals” in mind–two pages a day!

Thanks to Mitali Perkins for finding this gem! And thank you, Jenny Brown of Twenty by Jenny for this inspiring interview!

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: There are times when your protagonist needs to create an action plan to reach their goal. Write a scene where your protagonist realizes a more organized method is required to make his/her plan work. What did your protagonist do before? What happened? ie: tried to get parents back together, tried to break mean girl up with boyfriend, escape from the dungeon.

Remember, this is going to be an AHA! moment. Beef up the conflict and let your protagonist suffer! It’ll all come out right in the end, right?

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Vivian Lee Mahoney

Consider yourself warned: I write books about rebels. I'm also a postergirlz for readergirlz, a literary advisory group for teens. Who knew going back to the teenage years would be so rewarding?

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