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How Scribing Works
A Quick Guide to the Stages of Creative Wriring

Stage 1. Providing story resources
  • Select a starter from the sample "Story Inspirations" or picture collection and / or
  • Create your own story making pack by collecting postcards and eye-catching pictures.
  • Find unusual items, interesting odd things such as an old scrap of handmade paper, an old key, a strange shaped stone, for instance, are ideal to inspire plot ideas
Stage 2. Preparing to scribe
  • Try to find a quiet space. Scribing should take no more than about thirty minutes.
  • Make sure that you and your author are comfortable and that there are not too many distractions.
  • Sit your author next to you so that he / she can see you writing.
  • Explain that real authors don't write books all by themselves.
  • Explain that you are to be their scribe and give them the help that adult authors have.
Stage 3. Planning the story together
  • Introduce the story starter chosen or allow the author to choose an "Inspiration".
  • Talk about the chosen "Inspiration" together.
Stage 4. Drafting the story together
  • Be ready with questions if your author is uncertain how to begin.
  • Be ready with questions about the character and setting. This will help to develop detail and description.
  • Ask your author questions if you don't understand what is happening. This will help to develop the plot.
  • Ask questions if your author is not certain how to end the story.
Stage 5. Crafting the story together
  • Once the story is finished, scribe and author read through the story together. The story doesnot have to be completed in one session. It may be an episode in a longer story. There is nothing wrong with concluding on a cliffhanger.
  • The scribe can still ask questions. These may include:
  • Does the author want to make any changes?
  • Has it got an effective first and last line?
  • What would be a good title for the story?
Making a fair copy
  • Who will proof read the story?
  • Can corrections be made by the author?
  • Will the finished story be hand written or typed on a computer?
Presenting the story
  • Will it be illustrated by the author?
  • How will it be presented?
  • Would unusual methods of presentation be appropriate?
Stage 6. Enjoying the story together
  • Where will the story we displayed or stored?
  • Who will read or hear the story?