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Writing Books for Children - Part 2

Writing Books for Children part 2:

Writing books for children is different to writing books in general. Even the most experienced writer has to start from scratch and learn techniques and styles that will appeal most to a younger audience.

Writing tips:

  1. Write for yourself – writing about what’s currently popular is all well and good if it interests you. If talking animals are all the rage but you don’t care for talking animals, why would you write about it? Your heart won’t be in it and your readers will know. There are enough challenges with writing as it is. Write what you love to write; the kind of books you loved as child.

  2. Read some successful children’s books. This will help you to identify the areas of writing that work and you will get a feel for how children’s stories are written.

  3. Notice the vocabulary and styles used in children’s books.

  4. Think about your audience – children they may be, but they’re a lot smarter than adults often give them credit for. You can write about death and grief, and other tough subjects. Just because your audience is young, it doesn’t mean these topics cannot be written – look at Roald Dahl or J.K Rowling.

  5. Do some research – find out which genres are popular. Note what makes a well-written story. Look at the styles and techniques used to write children’s books. Ask yourself what you like about these stories and your overall impressions.

  6. Develop your own style – while it’s okay to peruse through another writer’s style to gain a feel for how children's books are written. It is unwise to emulate that style. You need to develop your own style, while inspired by the works of other authors who captivate their younger audiences.

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