How To Write For Children
Writing a children’s book is a specialized field and not everyone can do it. Remember, you are writing for young children who are not yet used to the ways of the world. Given that evidence, writing a children’s book may sound hard but there is a process that puts it all in perspective.
Who is your target audience? The age of the child determines what type of book you will be writing. What type of story do you want to tell? Are you writing human characters or are you using the personification of animals to tell your story? Is your story a fantasy or are you using everyday occurrences to tell your story.
Once you have determined the answers to these questions we can get into writing your children’s book.
First Tip For Writing A Children’s Book
Children want positive messages. Nothing turns a child off more than unhappy endings, death of a major character, unsympathetic characters or a boring plot line. So what is your message? Does your story stand out from the rest of the books you read? Determine a story line that children want to read. How do you do that? Ask, of course! You won’t know what children like until you survey them and get an idea of what children like to read, what type of characters they want to read and what stories inspire them. You also have to learn what frightens them and what turns them off so you can avoid these touchy subjects. Once you know this, you are a step ahead of the crowd.
Second Tip For Writing A Children’s Book
Children have short attention spans so you have to grab them from the opening paragraph and keep them interested. They have different points of view than adults and see things from an innocence that adults have lost ages ago. Adventure stories for children are perfect for these types of readers. They build suspense which keeps children wanting more and they put them in the role of the hero. Children love the hero role and it has been used for centuries to convey messages of hope, love and confidence that children need.
Third Tip For Writing A Children’s Book
Finally, pictures are just as important as the words you use. For younger readers, picture books tell a story with pictures more than words do and this help them understand the story. For older readers, the pictures must convey what the words are describing. It’s a fine line between the two but one that all aspiring children’s book authors needs to balance. These illustrations must match the plot and help the reader to visualize the story in a way that takes them inside.
Writing stories for children is a worthwhile endeavor, especially when you see the reactions of a child after they have read your book. It is the best feeling in the world to know you have had a positive effect on a child.
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