A Story In A 1000 Words Or Less

SCBWI Metro NY Chapter Blog

Originally Published : Nov. 30, 2010

by Lauren Shapiro

“It’s hard to write 1000 words or less, preferably a lot less, that has character development, conflict, rising action,” said Deirdre Jones editorial assistant at Little, Brown Brooks for Young Readers. But, she says, it can be done, and at the SCBWI meeting on November 12th, she presented her theory as to how.

“What I’ve learned is that the narrative arc is the bones of the story. You have to hit the problem the character has to overcome, and only after that can you develop your character,” and her observations of how successful writers accomplish this has led her to conclude that “What’s really going to make the book work is a 9 points formula.”

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