How to Add Red Herrings to your Story

Red herrings are elements in your story that lead the protagonist in the wrong direction of reaching his or her goals. If you’ve ever read mystery novels like Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple or Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, you know the value of red herrings. They help to add tension and conflict to a story.

Mysteries aren’t the only genre where red herrings are important, however. Most stories (if not all) have red herrings, in every genre. They are part of the journey that the main character goes through in order to reach his/her goals. They are distractions that waylay the main character and help him/her to figure out what is important.

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Waterfowl Festival

I had a wonderful time at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland on Friday where I read from my books, Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay and Olly’s Treasure. It was great to see kids having fun at the festival and learning about oysters and waterfowl on the Chesapeake Bay. Children also made stick puppets of Olly the Oyster to take home with them! A big thank you to Cathy Fawell for coordinating and making this event so special.

 

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‘Tis the Season for Oysters!

October marks the beginning of oyster season, a time when oysters are harvested by private and commercial fishermen, through to March of the next year. During the warmer months, oysters spawn and grow awaiting the next oyster harvest.

Oysters also provide a valuable service to the environment by filtering and cleaning the water! Olly the Oyster knows all about cleaning up the environment. For lesson plans and crafts that go along with Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay, you can click on the image below. Or, go to OllytheOyster.com/KidsPage.

Also, you can visit me and buy my books at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland on November 8, 2019 from 11:30 to 2:00 at the Easton Middle School. I will be reading my books and leading a craft activity for kids.