In stories for children and young adults, it’s important that it’s the young people themselves who win through, with little (or no) adult help. They are the ones who should be ingenious and brave, make mistakes but reach the goal using their own determination and faith. If you need to have an adult present to make your story realistic, try to sideline them in some way, so that the young people have to make all the decisions, face the dangers, have the adventures, and succeed on their quest alone. For example, leave your adult with a broken leg on the shipwrecked boat while the young people trek through the island to find food, water, shelter and help. 🙂 That might seem mean, but you can always send the young people back to bring him/her to safety at the end!


Janet Wilson, founder of Dernier Publishing and Write for a Reason
Janet Wilson, founder of Dernier Publishing and Write for a Reason

Trust that helps! Have a great writing week,


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