For Students

August 19, 2013

Fable Writing Checklist

writing a bio;injoyinc.com/ohjoyDuring the Summer Writing Program, you have:

  • Learned a story needs a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Selected two clever characters for your fable.
  • Put your characters into an interesting situation
  • Given them a problem that teaches a lesson
  • Added some dialogue to spice it up and keep it interesting.

Now it’s time to write down your story, tweak it, revise it, tell it aloud, read it to friends, cut it down to size, and submit it to the Injoy, Inc. Fable Writing Contest!

Here’s a checklist for you:

Practice telling your story out loud to siblings, parents, and friends until you get your story just the way you want it. Then either write it down, or dictate it to a parent, or video-tape it and then write it down. Whichever way you tell a story best, utilize that method to get your fable down on paper. Hint: you can use the tools in a word processor (usually tools/word count) to find the number of words. Keep making it better until you have between 200-300 words.

  • Read it aloud. Does it flow? Do you need to change any words to make it a fun story to listen to?
  • Let an adult read it and listen to their suggestions. If their suggestions make it a better story, work on it a little more.
  • Do you have an interesting character or two?
  • Did you give them an interesting situation?
  • Can you identify the problem?
  • What is the lesson you want the reader or the characters to learn?
  • Can you add some dialogue to make it more fun?

Now, you’re ready to submit your fable to the Fable Writing Contest. Congratulations! We’ll send a link to our Summer Writing Program Students when the contest kicks off August 23, 2013! To make sure you’re signed up, go here.



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About the Author

Shari
Shari Popejoy, wife of twenty-eight years, mother of three, founder of a local co-op for hundreds of homeschool children, author of seven books, and creator of Won Without Words (a blog of encouragement for wives) lives in the quiet country of the Ozarks where she enjoys writing surrounded by nature (and her children, of course). She is currently completing Volume V of the Livingstone Library, an adventure series for 'smart' kids, which features characters with character, and underlying allegorical spiritual truths. She enjoys high places and the road less traveled, and moments when all is well, and peace permeates like a fragrance. . .oh, and chocolate, fresh fruit and veggies, and early morning sunrises. Read her blog at WonWithoutWords.com.




 
 

 
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