Share a meal with a historical figure, unearth ancient treasures, spend the summer in outer space or dancing flamenco in Spain—writing a novel lets you dream the world your way. As you write descriptions and dialogue, invent situations, and make up feelings, you’ll experience the fun of a novelist’s career: spending time with new friends (characters you’ve created) and in other worlds (those from your imagination). And you’ll end up with something impressive to share in college admissions—a work of fiction you wrote yourself.

1. Deconstruct a novel
2. Create great characters
3. Develop a plot
4. Write at least 20 pages
5. Edit your pages

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know what it takes to write a great novel and I’ll have written at least 20 pages of my own.

Part of the sequence. Earned by Scouts.

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