Planning a chapter book

It’s Author Blog Challenge time again, and during March I’m joining in the Chapter Book Challenge once again. For the blog challenge, I’m going to take a leaf out of Ashley Howland’s blog and share my planning for the chapter book challenge.

During last years Chapter Book Challenge, I wrote a Jimmy James story. It was OK and got me in to writing chapter books, however it wasn’t the most brilliant piece of writing in the World. It had plenty of room for improvement. Since the challenge, I’ve been looking at the story and how to change it to make the story more exciting, but still have elements of the original aims for the series.

It’s been hard work with plenty of time spent dreaming, imagining and trying different things. There has also been fun times visiting the MuseumScienceworks and ACMI for research. This is something my kids have loved helping me with! I have discovered some fascinating facts as well as got ideas for the story.

I now have a plan for my chapter book, as well as for the series and a supporting website!! I’m looking forward to March to get my first draft written and to see where all the planning and research takes me and Jimmy James. One thing that will remain is the orange and purple socks.

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover
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