Things To Know Before Writing A Children’s Book
Before beginning your journey into the grand world of writing children’s books, you will need to understand the fundamental aspects of writing for children. It’s not as easy as it seems and it entails it’s own sets of questions that at one time or another every writer should ask.
Here Are 5 Questions You Should Ask
- Am I writing these stories because I have a story to tell my readers?
- Do I believe that writing for children is easier than writing for adults?
- Am I writing because I think I can make a lot of money at it?
- Do I know what age group I am writing for?
- Do I understand what it takes to write a children’s book?
Targeting Your Readers When Writing A Children’s Book
Once you have finished answering these questions the fun begins. You can now target the audience you want to write for. The children’s market covers a wide array of ages and styles and you should research each one and understand what is required of each. Familiarize yourself with what is appropriate for each age group and what subject matter you should be writing about. Each age group has specific rules that need to be followed. Without them, there would be no uniformity.
Helpful Tips For Writing A Children’s Book
Here are some tips that will help you write better fiction stories for children:
- Research the age group you are writing for. If you are unfamiliar with an age group you are targeting, they will definitely know it and will avoid your stories like the plague.
- Focus on the main character and the conflict in his life. Adventure stories do this very well and kids love to fantasize.
- Write stories that are inspiring. Kids don’t like to be preached to and avoid these types of stories. Instead, take them on a journey that they can follow.
- Write everyday. Nothing beats practicing your craft. The more you write the better you get.
Super Tips For Editing Your Children’s Book
Once your book is finished, it needs to be edited. This is the most painful part of the writing process but one that needs to be done. All writers dread this part but writing children’s books are no different in this regard.
Here are some great tips to have this done:
- Never self-edit your own book. Leave that to the professionals.
- Delete anything that doesn’t contribute to the story.
- Balance your dialogue with your descriptions. Too much of either one throws the whole story off and makes it boring.
- Keep your story running smoothly by using quick transitions for people, places and things.
- Keep adjectives, adverbs and long descriptions to a minimum.
- Always write from the child’s point of view. Parents or grown-ups should not be the main character nor have a say in what the child will do..
- Let your characters breath. Don’t force them to do things they wouldn’t normally do nor say things they normally wouldn’t say unless there is a good reason to do so and it pushes the story forward.
Once you are able to answer these questions and follow these tips you will have all you need to start writing children’s books that kids want to read.
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