Getting Started

Have you ever heard the saying ‘getting started is the hardest part’? This is so often true with writing. But then once you get started, it gets easier and easier until you’re having the time of your life! … Watch the video below from our renowned mentor author, Maria Gill, to help you get started on your new masterpiece!


1. Theme

This year the theme is all up to you – you can write something happy, or scary, or funny, or exciting – as long as it has a positive or inspiring message. So think about what you LOVE to write about, and run with that. 

2. Plot

The plot tells us about the adventure the main character goes through.The basic steps of a plot are: adventure begins, things go right, and things go WRONG, final victory (or defeat) and then the end of your character’s adventure.

3. Structure

Remember to have a beginning, middle and an end!

4. Characters

Who are they? What are their names? What do they look like? How old are they? What do they want? Before you start writing, know your characters well!

5. Setting

Know the ‘world’ that your characters live in. It’s a good idea to set your story in a place and time that will be interesting or familiar to the readers.

6. Style and Tone

Use language that feels right for your story.  Always use the best possible word—the one that is closest to your meaning, sounds best, and creates a clear image. If you can’t think of the right one, use a thesaurus or ask friends and family to help you. Carefully check each word, phrase, sentence, and paragraph. Is it the best you can write? Is it in the right place? Do you need it at all? If not, take it out!

Remember- these are just a guide. The best writers often bend the rules… and they always have fun!

Happy writing!