Are you still dreaming of writing that fantasy that you dreamed up when you were thirteen, hoping to one day be a writer? Well, now’s the time to put that fantasy on paper, breathe any fire into the life of your dragons and write your book. The following tips will keep your dragon’s breath baited for long enough to kill the hero, or save the heroine, whichever way he flies.
Tip # 1 – Know your characters well.
This may seem like common knowledge, but all too often, writers attempt to put real people into fantasy bodies and make them sell, without understanding the principle behind creating a character. Delve into the process of creating a character early enough in your book to readily capture the essence of your fire breathing monster boy dragon before he beheads the king with the knife of doom.
He may not be the right kind of dragon to slay the king.
Tip #2 – Keep the story moving fast.
Kids read fantasy and they need action. Move the story along at a pace that keeps them turning pages, while managing the overall intensity of the storyline without overwhelming them. Just when you think they are about to pass out from holding their breath, drop them with passionate embraces so they can gasp for a bit, before you move them fast up the storyline again for another breathless moment.
They may even need to be dropped a few times, to catch their breath.
Tip #3 – Hook them with all chapter ending.
Don’t let them put the book down at the end of the chapter. Leave them dangling over the edge of the cliff waiting breathlessly to find out what happens next. It’s more important to give them a teaser for the next two or three chapters, than it is to tell them what actually happened in the one they are reading.
Give them a rope to hold onto, but don’t tie any knots in it.