Children love to write their own stories and it’s up to us to show them how to help them write children stories but they don’t always know how to set these stories up so they tell a strong story that makes sense. Giving children a structure to work from is a great way to help them master the art of storytelling. Stories that have proper structure tend to be more focused on the plot and don’t go off on tangents.
Here are some ways to help children successfully create strong fictional characters that will lead to great kids fictional stories. We’ll be using the who, what, where, when, and how structure to set up our stories so they follow a logical path.
Award winning children’s book author Craig Smith talks about his philosophy for writing children’s books. His first idea that rings so true with every children’s author is this: Make your story fun. When it is fun for the children they will enjoy what you write and get more out of it. Children have a way of being right to the point when they give their opinions and if you write a book that resonates with them you have readers for life.
The moral of the story is important but the story is the main reason children will read your book. There are formulas that have been used for ages to write stories but you can throw some of these out the door. The truth is, many writers use their imagination and bend the rules in order to make a book interesting. If a book isn’t interesting there is no use in writing a children’s book and children will not want to read it.
Writing children’s books is unlike any other type of writing. In order to write for children you have to have a different type of mentality. Children do not have the patience to read books that preach. The idea when you write is to show, not preach. A good story teaches what we, the writer knows but is not pushy.
Another good idea… do not give advice. You will give your readers reason to leave. If you want your readers to listen, you’ll have to go about it in a whole new way. This means, don’t show off your writing or what you personally know… instead, put yourself at the disposal of the reader, the character and their story.A good book will help readers learn more about themselves not about you.
What comes first? The story or the story’s outline? If you are writing a children’s book you better start off by outline your ideas. Writing a story from scratch is the best way to ruin a really good idea.
To set up an outline, storyboard your story from beginning to end by throwing out all kinds of ideas no matter how outrageous or whether they fit the story or not. The idea is to set up your story and then whittle it down to what works. Sometimes, those outrageous ideas can help you come up with different story prompts that can take your story to areas you never thought about.
Who is Your Audience For When Writing A Children’s Story?
Here are some basic considerations when writing a children’s book. What age group is you story’s audience. Who are you writing for? Are the children young as in 0-12 months, 1-2 years old, 3-5 years old, 6-9 years old, 9-12 years old and then onto the teenage crowd. It really does make a difference who you are writing for and how you will write.
From the words that you write to the pictures and illustrations it takes a keen eye and ear to write engaging stories for children that keeps them occupied and interested in what you are writing about. If you are writing about girls then you have to make sure you understand how girls think as well as what they want. the same goes for boys. You can’t write about princesses for boys unless there is a prince or someone who must save her.