Want to start writing children’s stories that inspire kids to read? Kids need stories that motivate them to want to read. In fact, the more you can stimulate their imagination the better chance you have to get those kids reading your stories. I don”t care how long you’ve been writing, if you don’t know the steps to writing a children’s book then you will never release that book you can ultimately be proud of. Learning these steps will put you far ahead of the average children’s book author and help you awaken your total creativity.
Here are the three steps explained and how you can take advantage of them.
- Be A Voracious Reader
- Research Your Genre
- Understand How To Outline Your Plot
Reading To Be A Children’s Book Writer
Too many children’s book authors try to take the easy way out by diving right into writing their children’s books without learning what the whole kids market is all about. Do you know what kids like to read? Do you actually read what is being sold? You need to read a wide variety of books to understand not only how to write but what to write. Writing children’s stories is not an easy thing to do so you need to know the specifics that writing for children entails.
Here’s how to make reading a big part of your writing.
- Examine the characters – How does the author bring out the personalities of the characters? How do they interact between one another? Are the characters strong and convincing? These factors determine whether the main character carries the story. A strong character-based story is what kids love. They look for characters they can relate to.
- Examine the pace of the story – How does the author write the story? Is it fast-paced or does he bring the plot to a head with twists that keeps the reader engaged?
- Examine the obstacles – Did the author put enough obstacles in front of the main character to go through? Did the main character do what he set out to do? How did he reach and handle each obstacle? The best stories have great obstacles put in front of the main character and kids love characters that overcome these obstacles… Think Star Wars, Lord Of The Rings, etc.
- Engagement – Did the author keep you engaged? Are the chapters too long or do they properly set up the next chapter? Was the ending satisfying or were upset at how the author ended the story? A good ending will thrill your readers and keep them coming back for more of your stories.
What you learn from these stories are what you are going to use to create your own stories. Writing for children includes many of these elements as you design your story. You have to include each one of these to help you write great children’s stories.
In part 2, we will explore researching your children’s genre and how to make sure you are able to write stories that are age appropriate for each reader.
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