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American Girl books by Valerie Tripp Story Structure Tips

Started by Johanna, June 08, 2024, 10:48 AM

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I grew up reading Valerie Tripp's American Girl books (my favorite was Molly).  My daughter recommended I read the Kit books and they are as good as the books I read in the eighties!  How does the author do it?  The books are compelling, the history is woven in so effortlessly and it is never overcomplicated.   I've heard of people taking notes from books in the style they would like to write; any tips on how to do that?  Is that story mapping?


Johanna, I think it's an excellent exercise in learning structure--from your favorite books. I first did this with picture books--simply copying the text, making the page turns, and you could literally *see* how beautifully a story is written, how spare it can be, with the illustrations doing the rest of the work. Then I did this with short stories, summarizing each scene. Finally, with three novels. I summarize the scenes in each chapter. That's it. It's time consuming but so very instructive. Good luck!

Btw, it's one of the reasons I love re-reading my favorite books. You absorb so much upon each reading. They're like good friends :)
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