And that’s exactly what kids are invited to write: a story set in a small place they choose—like on a leaf or inside a clock, a desk drawer, a dollhouse, a Lego town, or a petri dish. Their small story will have small characters too, but the main character will have a BIG problem (conflict)!
Plus creative advice from picture book and middle-grade author, Traci Sorell!
Traci talks about the vulnerability and value of sharing your work with others in order to get feedback while staying true to what’s essential to you about your story.
There’s a free, printable PDF with the “Small Story, Big Problem” activity right here.
About This Writer’s Life
The goal of This Writer’s Life is to show young writers what writing looks like from the inside with honesty, tips, activities, and cheering-on in order to spark kids’ own writer’s lives: to develop their identities as writers, discover their individual writing process, and tap into their unique voice and imagination. Each episode also features someone from a creative field offering a piece of advice to inspire them!
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About Danielle Davis
Danielle Davis grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong and now reads, writes, and roller skates in Los Angeles. She has an M.A. in literature and creative writing and a background teaching English to middle school and community college students. She’s author of the middle-grade novel, ZINNIA AND THE BEES, blogger at This Picture Book Life, and creator of This Writer’s Life, a video series for kids and their classrooms.
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