So what can we as writers take away from my 100-year celebration of Potter's Timmy Tiptoes? The elements of all good fiction:
- likable characters (The squirrel, Timmy Tiptoes.)
- action (Collecting nuts.)
- plot (How will he ever fit down the hole to collect the nuts? Why, he'll be much thinner after winter, of course!)
- conflict (the birds cause the other squirrels to think Timmy Tiptoes took their nuts)
- literary genius (I love how the birds' songs are meant to mimic actual bird songs.)
- suspense (How will he be freed? Will his wife, Goody, ever find him? What is that little chipmunk up to?)
- resolution (A storm chops off the top of the tree and Timmy Tiptoes escapes.)
Do you have a favorite Potter book? Which element of story-telling does it exemplify the most for you?
Keep on keepin' on!