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Gillian Cross

Gillian Cross has written more than 50 books and won many prizes including the Carnegie Medal, the Smarties Prize and the Little Rebels Award. The Demon Headmaster books inspired a successful television series.


Writing Tips and Exercises

Writing Tips

Subjective third person narrative

Genre: Comedy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Story & Writing for Children & YA

When I was a child, like most young readers I wanted to identify with the characters in books. I didn’t have the life experience, or the inclination, to keep my distance and think in a detached way about David Balfour, in Kidnapped, or Mary Lennox, in The Se...

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Writing Exercises

Exploring different third person points of view

Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Story, Theatre & Writing for Children & YA

Write part of a story in the form of a scene from a play, beginning with a description of the setting and then using dialogue and stage directions to show what happens and how the characters feel about it. Make sure you have at least three characters and bring...

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Writing Tips

Seeing the world through different eyes

Genre: Fiction & Writing for Children & YA

When I was young, I read pretty much all the time. Most of what I read was fiction and I was a fast and careless reader. I always skipped long descriptions, especially when it was places that were being described, because I saw passages like that as tedious bi...

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Writing Exercises

Taking a character for a walk

Genre: Fiction & Writing for Children & YA

Begin by inventing ten or twelve separate characters, all different from each other. For each one, choose five adjectives that will bring that character back into your mind. For example: Vagrant, stubborn, anti-social, dirty and claustrophobic Elegant, self-c...

Gillian Cross

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