How To Use Your Inner Child To Write Great Children’s Stories

Using Your Inner Child For Writing Children’s Stories

Who doesn’t want to write great children’s stories?  The problem is, coming up with that great idea and then putting it all together so you write that children’s story you envisioned yourself writing.  It can seem like a distant dream to make this all happen but let me assure you, if you follow what I teach, you will write that great story for kids.

Writing for children is unlike anything you will ever attempt.  You only get to write for those children for a couple of years and then they’re to old to read your books.  When they become young adults, your stories will seem quaint to them and they will have outgrown your stye so that is why you have to knock them off their feet with incredible stories that really inspire them.

When I first started writing stories for children‘s, I thought I could never come up with enough ideas to write about.  I wondered how the kids would like what I wrote, whether they would laugh at my stories, even if I was cut out to be a children’s book writer but somehow, some way, I was able to overcome those limiting beliefs.

I did a lot of soul searching and finally discovered an easy way to come up with great ideas for my books.   I use this technique to help me write fast as well as writing what I envision in my mind.  It took some time to perfect it but now it’s like second nature to me.

Let me tell you how it came about.  As an author, we try to write what we feel and what’s in our hearts but for me, everything I write comes from what I see in my mind.  I literally dream these stories and then write what I dream.  I actually see my stories taking place and I have to scramble to get them written down or else I may lose them.

Exploiting Your Inner Child For Great Children’s Stories

Here’s how I go about doing it:

  1. I eat, sleep and live for writing –  Writing consumes me.  It’s what I live for.  Everyday is a day to write and I love doing it.
  2. I allow myself to daydream – In fact, daydreaming is the most important aspect of my writing.  This allows me to “pluck” ideas out of thin air and lets the stories come into my dreams.  I can see the story unfolding before me, the characters interacting and I hear and feel the dialogue being spoken.
  3. I enjoy being a kid – Even though I’m an adult, I still think of myself as just a big kid.  I still think and feel like a child and I try to look at the world through the eyes of a child.  This is the secret to writing for children.  I let my inner child run with the story ideas because I trust that part of myself.

Is it that simple?  In a word, no, but I have trained myself since I was a young boy to be aware of my dreams and what they are telling me.  This is something you should develop as a writer to help make your stories more accessible to kids.

When you are writing for children, don’t look at life from an adult’s point-of-view but see things as a child would see them.  Look for the innocence in life and write about that.  You need to feel what your characters feel, sense what your characters sense.  You have to become your characters to know how to write about them.

Finally, to write great children’s stories, fun must be the most important word in your language.  Without fun, you can never capture the spirit of a child in your writing.  Kids can sense this.  If they know you are not serious about your characters they will not want to read your books.  Write as if you are writing for one child and your life depended on it.  You will find your writing has an edge to it but the fun aspect will come shining through.

I love to write and I love to have fun.  Combine them into your writing and you have the makings of a great children’s book!

 

A. J. WESTIN

A. J. Westin is a children's adventure book author who specializes in writing stories kids really want to read. He has written over two dozen books and has dedicated his life to helping kids become better readers through his inspirational stories.
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