Writing Instruction

 

If you are a first-time writer, please start with very short stories to avoid rejections. Try to write around 1000-4000 words until you have better understanding of the whole setting.

1.     Decide on the grade you are writing for and choose appropriate words—research other books for the same age group. You can write from junior high to young adult, which is 12 and above.

2.     Appropriate word count you can write between 1,000-8,000 words from junior high to young adult. Please keep younger age shorter. Below is a graph showing story length suggestions. Regarding giving chapters, if story is short, around 1,000-1,200 words, no need to provide two chapters to it, which means no need to provide Table of Contents.

3.     Choose an approved topic from the list The topics are very loose, you can be creative with them, try to fit your story into one of the topics. Do not write about the topics that are already closed.

4.     Character Characters on the road map should be your first choice, please choose at least one character from the road map, otherwise it’s hard to tell which story series your story belongs to.

5.     Look at the Images of the various main characters, check their color, what species are they, their appearances. Please remember that they don’t wear shoes, excluding certain setting such as ice-sports, roller skating, etc.

6.     Write an interesting and meaningful story that is deep in content but still fun. Your story is supposed to reveal social reality, and to tackle real-world human issues. By a society full of diverse creatures, we wish you to explore the social problem in a ‘wild’ creative way.

 

Suggestions to have a good start with Eduland

1.     Golden Rule No. 1 Strictly follow the template and the style of sample story.

2.     Golden Rule No.2 Run with grammar and spelling check before submission, Grammarly is recommended.

3.     Golden Rule No.3 Read the info pack, story need to be in line with background in the info pack. Always double-check with the Nation-X roadmap excel sheet.

4.     Submit clean version when you upload the story at the first time in the online submitting system, keep the track mark when a revision is necessary(make sure you are under “reviewing”mode).

5.     MUST be North American English: with American (US) spelling. This is also the writing convention. roller skating, etc.

 

Additional guideline:

Avoid and do’s

Avoid:

All firsts Each story should be a stand-alone book that can be read in any order concerning any other book. Each story should be timeless. No story should refer to events in other stories.

Creating Backstory Avoid filling in back story without express permission.

Filler/multiple stories in one story Filler/multiple stories in one story

Submit clean version when you upload the story at the first time in the online submitting system, keep the track mark when a revision is necessary(make sure you are under “reviewing”mode).

Mixing-up Characters-mixing up characters, not looking at the pictures. Misspelled names, wrong names.

Writing present tenseDo NOT write stories in the present tense. Please use first person.

Explainer Story NO- A story is not just describing your environment or what things are. You need to discover issues and reflect the reality through animals instead of just telling the story or describing a phenomenon. Please be deep in content and there should be more rising or falling actions in your story.

Corporate names no trademarked names that can get us sued, please. Mcdonalds, Messie, Micheal Jackson—if they are not trademarked, then it is okay. Please make up a fake name like WacDonalds. Afterward write a footnote. More below.

NO Long names and last names The characters are well known, and there are descriptions at the beginning of every book. And please don’t call them animals in your story, no herbivore or carnivore.

Avoid:

Money/Currency do not use USD or RMB, it should be NXD. For example 10 NXD.

Numbers Decimal system shall be applied, such as one, two, twenty, hundred, thousand, million, trillion, and point one (.1), etc.

Units of measurements Metric standards shall be applied, such as meter, centimeter, millimeter, Kilometer, gram, kilogram, etc.

Time 12 months, 360 days in a year, 30 days a month, 60 minutes an hour, 60 seconds a minute.

Footnotes use footnotes to explain things better, for example, putting a car in park, Scooby don’t[1], NASA , PB&J[2] if it is short then you can put it in brackets ( )

Em dash and en dash — or – When in doubt, look it up in the Chicago Manual or google.

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Supporting Document

Guideline for Nation X

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Nation-X Subjects

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Nation-X template

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Sample Stories

Swan Lake

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For Some or For All

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Build Me a Friend

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