Once again, we’re talking structure. Plot structure. (Do you like how the structure of this baby quilt I made makes it so pretty and pleasing?)
In our last post, we discussed how to structure the beginning of our nonfiction picture book manuscript based on our mentor text, DIRTY RATS?
Today we’re talking about CHANGE 1. This is the change that occurs in our plot structure to move us out of our BEGINNING and into the first half of our MIDDLE.
In DIRTY RATS? this change occurs with a cliffhanger.
On pages 8-9, it ends with:
Then the next page starts a section where we learn that not all rats are dirty.
So in our own manuscripts, let’s follow this example. Let’s end our pages 8-9 with a cliffhanger. It can be But wait… or you can use something else.
Go ahead and add that to incorporate CHANGE 1 into your own manuscript.