See you next time


We've gone from...

"The whole thing seemed kind of funny."


"Life at Perdido Beach had changed." the space of one chapter!

And it's obvious that this is the tip of the iceberg. 

Imagine what you, your friends, and other people you know would do if faced with the same situation as everyone in Gone. How would you cope? What would you do?

Find three or four chapter books. They can be stories you've read, or new ones at home or from the library. Read the first chapter and think about these things:

  • How do they introduce the world?
  • How do they introduce the character(s)?
  • How do they try to make you keep reading the book?

Notice the word try

Sometimes the magic isn't there. Sometimes you don't want to keep reading. That's as interesting as when you do want to continue. Think about why that's happened.

  • Maybe the story isn't interesting for you.
  • Maybe the author hasn't done enough to keep your interest.
  • Maybe you weren't in the right mood, or it's for younger (or older) readers, or you just don't like the book.

No problem. You may not be the story's target audience. So here's the tricky bit.

Change that question to:

  • How do they try to make other people keep reading the book?

...and see if you can work it out!

gone book cover

Tell me more about Gone (without giving away too many spoilers).

Gone is the first book in a bestselling series of nine(!), by Michael Grant.

It's set in the fictional town of Perdido Beach, where Sam and friends deal with the fantastic events mentioned in this group of lessons and more, besides! 

It has drama, action, superpowers, heroes, villains, power struggles, talking coyotes, mutant arms... there's a lot to take in.

That's where we'll finish this course.

We hope it gives you some ideas on how to slowly build a fantastic world for your readers to enjoy.

Happy writing!