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3 Steps to The Rule of 3's

Updated: Feb 5, 2022

1. Watch The Video (Or Read The Notes Below) To Learn About The Rule of 3's

When you're writing a story, it's a good idea to put things like characters, actions, and ideas into 3's. This isn't a hard and fast rule, but it's a good idea.

Why? Humans like things in 3's, and so jokes are funnier, readers connect more to the story you're trying to tell, and it gives the story a natural flow that most people will connect to when they're reading.

How can you put the Rule of 3's in your story?

  1. 3 Characters (3 people in your story) For example, Vianne encounters 3 magical creatures in There's A Monster Behind The Couch.

  2. 3 Actions (3 things your star or characters do) For example, Grandma Poss makes 3 kinds of magic. 1. She changes the colour of animals. 2. She changes something about how the animal normally looks (smiling dingos, small emus, etc). 3. She makes Hush invisible.

  3. A List of 3's For example, Robert Munch lists 3 things about Elizabeth that make her a princess. 1. She lives in a beautiful castle. 2. She has beautiful clothes. 3. She's going to marry a prince named Ronald.

2. Get These Books From Your Local Library Or Bookstore

Here are examples of picture books that use the Role of 3's.

Possum Magic

By Mem Fox

Illustrations by Julie Vivas

The Paper Bag Princess

By Robert Munsch

Illustrations by Michael Martchenko

3. See How Many Times Authors Mem Fox and Robert Munsch Use 3's in Their Stories

See if you can spot the Rule of 3's in these books and let us know in the comments which ones you were able to find.

Bonus Challenge: Write Your Own Story Using The Rule of 3's

Write Your Own Story and use the Rule of 3's, share your story with the Bookclub and complete the task in challenges to earn a badge!

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