Posted by: nancyisanders | April 27, 2011

U is for Upside-Down

Children look at the world upside-down sometimes, just for fun. They spin cartwheels, do handstands, and lounge upside-down in big rocking chairs. How do I know this? I used to do these when I was a kid and I remember how fun everything looked from a different point of view.

As children’s writers, we can do the same!

For example, instead of trying to cut down your word count starting at the beginning of your story, start at the bottom and work backwards. You’ll be surprised at how much easier it will be. The same works for editing for weak words or spelling errors.

Stuck on the structure of a scene or chapter? Try organizing your outline from bottom to top. Start at the end and work backwards. It just might be the change you need.

So if you can’t seem to get past a certain point in whatever you’re doing as a writer, try the upside-down approach. It just might work and for the very least, it will be fun!


Responses

  1. What a great idea! I’ll try this. I, too, remember hanging upside down from tree branches and the world looked so magical, so different! Hey, that sounds like a story idea, better go write it down.


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