Posted by: nancyisanders | March 13, 2015

Challenge: Write a Chapter Book in One Month

Red Flyer Roller Coaster plot

If you look at the plot chart for THE RED FLYER ROLLER COASTER, the mentor text I’m using along with some of you for our CHABOOCHA Challenge this month, you’ll see that Chapter 4 is where the turning point happens.

Here are some tidbits of info about a turning point:
*This is the middle of the book.
*This is where something happens that changes the main character in some way that it propels her to the end of the book and the conclusion of the main story problem.
*This is the place some authors claim is like the door of no return. Something happens and the main character will never be the same.

Here in our mentor text, the turning point is where Sophie Bean’s legs start hurting. We don’t know it and she doesn’t know it but this is where the solution to the entire story arc will generate from: she’s starting to grow tall enough so that by the end of the summer she’ll be able to ride the roller coaster!

So if you’ve already written your Chapter 4 or are just getting ready to start, make sure you have the turning point in here.

Then on Monday we’ll write Chapter 5 and start moving our main character toward the ending. Yay!

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