Writing tips from SF Said

SF Said, the author of Varjak Paw, offers tips for writing your own miniature book.

Hello everybody, I’m S F Said and I write books. I’ve just been looking at the British Library’s amazing ’make a miniature book’ activity page. Now, I have to be honest, I had no idea about miniature books before. These are amazing tiny books that absolutely anybody can make.

There’s an example you can see there on the page of one made by the writer, Charlotte Brontë when she was just 12 years old. So this is something anybody can do. You can totally do it yourself. You can make a miniature book for yourself. There are all the tips and instructions you need on the page.

My top tip that I would like to share with you …  Before I make a book myself, I always ask myself, as a reader – not as a writer, just as a reader – what do I, secretly, most want to read myself? And then, whatever the answer is, I just shamelessly sit down and write that book myself!

So, that’s what I’m going to ask you to think about. Before you start making your book, have a think. If you could have any book about anything – and I mean really anything at all – what would it be? Would you like to read an adventure story? Would you like to read a scary story, a ghost story? Would you like a funny story that will make you laugh? Because your book could be fiction, but it could also be non-fiction.

You could have a book of jokes. You could have a comic book. You could have a book with nothing but pictures, illustrations, maps perhaps? You could have a book of facts about space and the stars? It could be about your favourite football team, or perhaps your pet? Whatever you like! Anything at all, you can totally do that.

Once you have decided what you’re going to do, have a look at the activity page. You’ll find everything you need there. Have fun and happy reading!

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