Random thoughts on getting started with story: create a character with a secret and have someone discover it

For example:

  • A lonely boy befriends a stray dog but his parents won’t let him have pets. He hides the dog in his room, taking him out for walks when his parents aren’t around. However, his parents discover his secret when the dog chews his father’s favourite golf shoes. (picture book/chapter book)
  • A teenaged girl just wants to fit in at school but she must hide a family secret. Her family are refugees from a war-torn planet on the other side of the galaxy. Not only are they hiding from immigration, they are also afraid of discovery by covert operatives from their home planet. A boy at school learns her secret when he catches her levitating. (science fiction/romance)

What secret is your character hiding?

About Carol Jones

Carol Jones is the author of 'The Concubine's Child', set in 1930s Malaya and The Boy With Blue Trousers set in 1850s China and Australia. Born in Brisbane, Australia, she taught English and Drama at secondary schools before working as an editor of children's magazines. She is also the author of several young adult novels as well as children's non-fiction.
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