Teaching Children How to Write a Book

Teaching Children How To Write

Teaching children how to write a book can trigger their creativity and offer an outlet other than visual art for them to express themselves and their world.  When children want to write a book, they need help in figuring out what they want to write about.  What you are offering is guidance.  Guide them as to what subjects they should write about  and a chance to show them the proper way to get their story from their head onto paper.

To help them write that story in their head and hearts, they need to illustrate the story in a way that helps them see the bigger picture of the story.  Show them how to look beyond just the first chapter or the first few scenes.  Teach them why every scene matters and how they all interconnect until the end when the ending pulls the whole story together.

The art of storyboarding brings clarity to any story and keeps the story on track.  There is a logical procession to a story and sometimes a writer can get lost trying to explain what is happening.  A good idea is to write a biography of your characters and put them in order.  You will find that the story comes from something in the character’s past that still haunts them.  This can help you see your story much clearer and help you rearrange your storyboard so it reflects what story you actually want to tell.

Teaching children how to write a book can seem overwhelming to most children so it’s best to put limits on them until they get the hang of telling a story.  Another good idea that shows children how to write is reading them stories and then asking them questions concerning how the story was put together.  What did they do with the plot?  How did they set up the characters in the story?  What were the main plot points that moved the story forward?  When kids can pick these things out, they have a better chance of understanding how to write a children’s book.



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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