create a children s tale bulleted list their to help
Go through the bulleted list below and make your choices about each category the write some sample dialog.
- Choose your Story TYPE
- For example: Cartoon; Mystery; Western; Melodrama; Action/Adventure; Fairytale; Slapstick comedy; Science Fiction/Horror; Love Story; etc.
- Choose your SETTING (time & place your story is taking place in)
- Create a list of CHARACTERS (AT LEAST 5) one could find in chosen setting; these can be likely or unlikely characters.
- (For example: If your story takes place in a 1950â€™s diner, perhaps your characters are multiple teenagers, a waitress or waiter, and cooking staff. Perhaps you include one unlikely character, such as a modern-day teenager or a T-Rex).
- For each character write down:
- Why are they here (at your chosen setting place & time)?
- Do they know any of the other characters?
- What do they feel about the other characters (whether they know them or not, you have instincts and judgements about people)?
- Write down who they are.
- For example: Are they the richest woman in town? Or perhaps an ordinary guy, or a nerdy teen etc.
- Write 3 descriptive words about each characterâ€™s personality.
- Write down at least one distinct physical characteristic for each character.
- Write down at least one distinct/signature costume element for each character.
- (For example: Are they extremely tall, do they have a prominent gray streak in their hair, do they walk with a cane or have a special belt buckle?)
- What is the PROBLEM (Point of Conflict) in your play?And describe the context of the conflict- why is it a problem/conflict?
- For example: Is someone hiding a big secret, was there a tragic accident, is there a thief on the loose etc.
- What is the CLIMAX of the story? What happens that the problem comes to a head?
- What is the RESOLUTION? (How is the problem resolved)?
- For example: Is the thief caught red handed and taken to jail? Is the big secret gossiped all over town, only for the character to find that people donâ€™t think less of her/him at all?
- What is the CONCLUSION? (How does life go on for these characters?)
- WRITE 1-2 pages or one scene of dialog for your childrenâ€™s tale, whichever is longer.
I suggest writing dialog for your CLIMAX or RESOLUTION scene as typically those are easiest to draft dialog for.