How To Write A Children’s Story
Do you want to learn how to write a children’s story? Inevitably, you are going to have some questions regarding the children’s writing market. Writing for children is a completely different experience than writing for adults. You need to take many things into consideration. Arming yourself with the right information will allow you to learn the in and outs of writing a good children’s story.
Who Are You Writing For?
This is your first question. What age is your story meant for and is the story age-appropriate? The type of story will determine that. If you are writing for the 3-5 preschool age, picture books will be better suited to work on. As you write for older children you can increase the amount of words, the types of words you use and increase the complexity of the story. Writing for children is not a hard thing to do but takes a bit of patience and research. Look for what is selling on amazon.com. See what types of stories kids are reading. Ask children that you know, what types of stories do they like to read and create those stories. Find out what characters they enjoy reading about and create those characters that kids can become in those stories. You want to write stories that dreams are made of.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Are you writing for a boy or a girl? This is a question many authors forget. They are not looking at the smaller picture. You want to hit the mass market but if you write a story geared more for boys, you will not interest the girls and the same goes if you write for girls. The story is the most important so research your idea and see who it is better suited for.
Why Are You Writing This Story?
Is this story something you need to tell? Does it have a moral you want to impart to your reader? Children can tell if your story comes from your heart. What I mean by that is, children can sense if you are really writing for them. The story you write should not preach to them but take them to a place that they want to go. Your teaching moment, if you have one, should not over shine the story but involve the characters to a degree that the children understand where you are coming from. Here are a few good examples of this:
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