Creating an Interesting Story-line

Hint #6. Give your main character a problem to solve.

Giving your main character a problem to solve will make your reader want to keep reading to discover the solution.

For example, in The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s problem is to find a way home to Kansas. The solution at the end of the book is for her to click her heels together and repeat “There’s no place like home.”

Here are some examples from my “Backyard Friends A to Z”:

1. Amos Ant’s problem is to save his aphid farm from the people who spray the roses in the backyard.
His solution is to move his aphid farm to a wild rose bush in the field behind the fence.

2. Digger Dog’s problem is to get rid of his boy’s dog whistle which hurts his ears.
His solution is to bury the dog whistle when his boy is away from home.

3. Nigel Nightcrawler’s problem is that he becomes stranded when he falls asleep in the sun on the garden path.
His solution is to enlist the help of Rosco Rabbit to cover him with moist dirt which enables him to crawl away.

4. Rosco Rabbit’s problem is that he is turning green.
His solution is to remember to wash himself after eating.

In mystery books, it’s easy to create the problem, because the mystery is the problem and solving it becomes the story-line.

Hint #1. Make your first sentence or two a “grabber.”
Hint #2. Experiment with writing in different categories.
Hint #3. Set your story in a place you are familiar with.
Hint #4. Make the age of your main character the same age, or a year or two older than the reader.
Hint #5. Paint a picture of your main characters using descriptive adjectives to show what they look like and how they act.
Hint #6. Give your main character a problem to solve.

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