Writing Children’s Books Fast
Do you want to know how to write children’s fiction books fast? Writing stories for children is something I know many writers agonize over and take so much time and effort in making every word count. They look at the stories as their babies and they don’t want to edit any word out for the fear that the story may be incomplete. The problem is, you’re not looking at the whole picture.
You see, if you want your story to live it has got to be released. It can’t be in the incubation period for months or years and have it expected to make money or have people reading it. Today, I’m going to show you some secret techniques for writing children’s fiction books fast … and still be of great quality.
If you have been following my articles you know that a children’s story is written much different than adult stories but you basically go about it with the same approach. From idea to finished product should not take a lifetime to release but instead, if you follow my guidelines you should increase you written output and decrease the time it takes to release your gems to the world.
How To Get Children’s Fiction Books Written Fast
Let’s go over a few of these, shall we? Now, before we begin, we must outline our story. What I like to do is write a quick elevator pitch (a concise overview of the whole story – somewhat like you see in a T.V. listing that tells you what the show is about). If I can break my story down into the essence of what it is about (and I like it), then I can go ahead and start the writing process.
- Your Idea – This should be a concrete idea with a structured plot and a main character that is the hero of the story. If you are a bit wishy-washy on the plot then your story will not fly. Finding your story as you write it is just a waste of time and you will never have the story written to your liking. You will always be changing it. That’s not the secret to writing children’s books fast
- Your Characters – This is as important as the plot. Likeable characters are the meat of your story. If your character is not someone we can get behind and want to follow their journey then no matter how strong the plot is, your story will not be as powerful as it could be.
- Your Beginning – A dramatic beginning sucks the reader right into your story and helps you keep the reader engaged.
- Your Ending – Likewise, a great ending makes the whole story worthwhile to the reader.
3 Ways To Write Children’s Books Fast
Once you have these 4 items in place you can now focus on getting the story written. This is where we really get moving. Here is the way you get your books written fast.
- Write a biography of each character – Write a short 3-5 paragraph about each character so you know them like you know yourself. When you really know your characters, you know what they will do at any time and how they will react to any situation.
- Set up a storyboard for your story – This is the most important part of the writing process. Get this right and your story will rock. Set up every scene the way you want on a board explaining what that scene is all about.
- Concentrate on pushing each scene forward – If you have a great explanation of what each scene is about then you can just about have each scene write themselves. The story should tell you how it wants to go not the other way around. If you force the story then it will read forced. Let the story write itself and follow where it takes you.
I follow this template for each children’s story I write. If a particular story doesn’t work, I drop it. No use wasting time writing something that won’t cut it. Understand what you need to do in order to write fast. When you have everything in place, a template to work from and you know your plot and characters, then you will have everything you need to write children’s books fast.
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