On Monday we were visited by an author - Billy Bob Buttons. He talked a bit about his books, then shared with us how to plan a story. It was surprising to learn that he doesn't start with a character, or a plot, or setting; but with an audience. Most of his books are aimed at girls and boys aged 8-11.
He used some of Eagles to make a human story plan. The different heights of the children represented different levels of tension. He advised us to always have a gripping start to our stories and not to start with description. He also got us to think about teh relationship readers develop with the characters.
We voted at the end for a story for him to read to us - Billy Bob was very surprised we wanted 'The Boy Who Piddled In His Grandad's Slippers'! He thought we might want a more grown up story - but Mrs Holt and Mr Major knew better!