Thursday, February 16, 2012
The ABC's of Middle Grade: K is for Kinetic
I'm aware that no book exists that every kid likes, nor will there ever be one. But there are books that appeal to larger groups of kids than others, and one thing that makes these books appeal to large and diverse audiences is the movement (the action, the plot, the kinetic energy--call it what you will) within these books. These books go somewhere, and they do it in an enticing manner.
Exactly HOW these books do this is another thing altogether. I can come up with the brilliant observation I did--that books need to move and go for kids to appreciate them--but there are unending possibilities as to how this works within a story. And that, my friends, is what I leave up for discussion today.
How do you build movement in your stories? How do you make your stories kinetic?