Adventure can mean countless things to a middle grade reader. A faraway place, a time in the past or the future, creeping into the creepy neighbor's house, a leaf with a message on it, almost getting caught at something, or crawling in a tunnel in the backyard (or five thousand other things). Whatever the adventure is, when you write middle grade, you must (MUST!) take your readers on an adventure.
I heard Lois Lowry (!!) speak last March (she knows a thing or two about writing for kids), and she said when she begins a story, she introduces characters and immediately places those characters into conflict.
That, more than any other thing I've heard or read about middle grade writing, has echoed around and around my brain. As I'm readying my manuscript for querying *quivers in boots* (querying is an adventure all its own, huh?), I'm starting with adventure. Does my story have it? Does my story have enough of it?
Let's discuss: In what ways do you keep the adventure flowing in your story? And how do you balance adventure with the other parts of writing?