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Top tips for success

Here are some top tips from our judges and Kip McGrath to help you think about your Big Dream

Kike Oniwinde:

“When you write about your dream think about how passionate you are and let that be seen on the paper.
Remember that dreams can become reality, it's about how much you truly believe in it.”

Sam Ruddock:

“Have a long think about your dream and if it is genuinely reachable. Do have a plan to bring the dream into a reality?
Don't be afraid about how silly or how strange your dream might seem to others, it's your dream, it's unique, which makes it important. Believe in yourself and your ability and take that chance! If you never try, you'll never know…”

Rachel Johncock:

“Believe in yourself and don’t give up on anything in life. Don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of your dreams...they are yours to follow. Turn them into a reality.”

Sarah Ebner, journalist and writer:

"Write what you feel, what your big dream would be, and not what your parents' or teachers' might be. It doesn't matter what it is, but the judges need to read your entry and feel your passion. Write clearly and in detail, so we can understand just exactly what you're wishing for."

Susanna Scott, parent blogger:

"Make sure you've got a quiet space to think and write about your big dream. You might want to start by just writing down individual words that come to mind or drawing pictures. Get the idea clear in your head before you write your big dream and remember it doesn't need to be long to be a winner!"

Kip McGrath top tips:

"Write in the first person. As this competition is about Your Big Dream this technique is more personal and engaging as it closely links the reader to what is being said."

Kip McGrath top tips:

"Think carefully about how you use your end punctuation - try to use full stops, exclamation marks and question marks correctly. This makes the writing easy to read and understand. "

Kip McGrath top tips:

"Try and include short punctuation. Use commas, dashes, colons and semi colons to improve textual flow, aid understanding and create interest for the reader. "

Kip McGrath top tips:

"Make sure there is plenty of sentence variety. Use simple, compound and complex sentences to help develop writing style, give textual rhythm and create interest. "