How Scribing Works
A Quick Guide to the Stages of Creative Wriring
Stage 1. Providing story resources
Stage 2. Preparing to scribe
- 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 3. Planning the story together
- 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 4. Drafting the story together
- Introduce the story starter chosen or allow the author to choose an "Inspiration".
- Talk about the chosen "Inspiration" together.
Stage 5. Crafting 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.
Making a fair copy
- 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?
Presenting the story
- 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?
Stage 6. Enjoying the story together
- Will it be illustrated by the author?
- How will it be presented?
- Would unusual methods of presentation be appropriate?
- Where will the story we displayed or stored?
- Who will read or hear the story?
DOWNLOADABLE SCRIBING RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE