Category Archives: Thoughts on children’s fiction

Pace the story

Copyright © 2014 Jerry Dunne Narrative pace concerns how fast or slow the plot movement feels to the reader as they make their way through the story. Good pace enables the narrative to offer a feeling of smooth and constant … Continue reading

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What makes J K Rowling’s Harry Potter so successful?

Copyright © 2013 Jerry Dunne We’ll look at Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first book in the series, which set the pace and standard for the others to follow. Certainly the book’s success partly reflects readers’ love of … Continue reading

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Are your core values similar to your childhood ones?

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne A person changes, an average person must change, mature, quite a bit over time; but I sometimes wonder how much we change deep down. Do we have similar core values to those we had in … Continue reading

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What makes Roald Dahl such a successful children’s writer?

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne Popular since he started writing for children and still popular after his death with his work now turned into a franchise, what is it that still makes Roald Dahl so successful? Many people completely underestimate … Continue reading

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Where do you get your ideas for your stories?

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne Like so many storytellers this is a question I’ve been asked a lot. And it’s a question I don’t generally take seriously because ideas come easily and often from so little that I never think … Continue reading

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Who decides what makes a great children’s story?

Copyright © 2011 Jerry Dunne Ultimately, it is the child reader and not the adult who decides what makes a great children’s story. This makes logical sense because without children you could not have a children’s story and without a … Continue reading

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