rob towner - author

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How To Write A Story - Carrington Public School

I love getting to visit schools all around NSW to talk about how truly important reading and writing is. Today I got to visit Carrington Public School on behalf of the wonderful organisation Books In Homes. Books In Homes is an initiative to get more books in to the homes of school kids and for my money, there is no better initiative.

Part of the reason for my visit today was to discuss how to write a story. Not many people know this, but writing a story is very easy so long as you stick to this simple structure...

A story must have;
  • A beginning. This is where you introduce a problem to your characters.
  • A middle. This is where your characters attempt to solve the problem.
  • And an end. This is where your characters either solve the problem, or find some sort of resolution.

And that's it. All of the classic stories follow this simple formula and by doing so, are able to maintain some level of control over the readers emotional journey throughout the story.

A huge thank you is going out to the amazing students for being great listeners and excellent question askers. I can already tell that some of you will grow up to be amazing story tellers (if you make sure to pay attention in school and show respect to your teachers).

Until then, I would love to share this quote with you that one of the teachers shared with everyone at assembly.

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.” Roald Dahl, Matilda


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