The secret to writing books . . .

 One Christmas, when Kate was about ten years old, she wrote a book to give to her five siblings. Her sister Sarah drew the pictures.

“The story was about a little mouse who traveled the country stealing Cheetos and corn curls,” said Klise. “I thought it was brilliant! But the day after Christmas, I found a certain older sister’s book in the  garbage can.”

“What did I do?” she asked the students. "Did I give up? No! I wrote another book the next day and my sister drew the pictures. And then we made another. Thirty-five years later, we’re still doing it."

“The secret to writing books is . . . don’t give up!” said Klise.

1 character + 1 problem + 1 journey = a story