Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How to Write Children's Books - Tips in Writing for Children, by Carolyn Anderson

Learning how to write children's books and writing for children in general can be a great experience but of course, it can also be a challenging task. Of course, you have to get the attention of children who are sometimes, or most of the time, have short attention span than adults.

If you want to write for the children, learn what they want to read and what catches their attention. Most often, this means colorful images and creative presentations that come along with your children's book. Of course, it is also important that you know the children's thoughts about the stories they prefer and they like.

Firstly, you have to have the passion in writing if you want to learn how to write children's books. Of course, from the passion in writing, you can move on to learning the basics as well, and focus on what can get the attention of children when it comes to written materials and books.

- Research. You may need to check out what children love reading. You may need to observe children in the bookstore and what makes them like a book. Check out popular children's books and study them. Learn how these bestselling children's books captured its audiences as well.

- Study how to make effective dialogues in children's books. Dialogues should not just be something that your character says, but it should also give descriptions on the character's reactions while saying the dialogue. This will help provide the reader a good description of the character or the event. It is important that your dialogues are something that can also provide a picture of what the character thought, what he says aloud and what he is into while saying the dialogue.

- Develop your characters before writing your story. Most f the time, you would be thinking of how to twist the plot in your story but to write a good story - whether for the children or adults, you have to develop and define your character first before deciding to start with your writing.

- Add humor to your story. Children indeed love humor as much as adults do, so try to incorporate a little bit of humor into your story book. This will help keep their attention as well. Children indeed love to laugh and giving them a reason to laugh in your book can indeed be a good thing to consider if you want to learn how to write children's books.

- Find inspiration in your writing. If you write for the children, it helps a lot to have an inspiration - may it be your own kids or other writings for the children. You can also draw inspiration from other children's books that you find in your local library and be creative in searching for what children love to read.

Keep in mind to entertain children with your book. Aside from adding humor in it, make sure as well that you have conceived your characters well, especially if you are using talking animals. Not all talking animals are appealing to children, You have to make sure that you have a well-developed character that will also be appealing to children.

These are just a few tips to help you learn how to write children's books. Keep in mind that you may not have instant success with just one book. You have to be patient as well.

If you are interested in writing a children's book, check out the guide on how to Write A Great Childrens Book. Also check out Become A Childrens Writer, where you can find great tips on how to write a children's book from a children book writer herself.

Carolyn Anderson - EzineArticles Expert Author


Clark said...

Thanks for the tips, I would love to start writing children's books and this gives me some motivation. One book that got me interested in writing children's fiction was an Elizabeth Hoadley book called The Thanksgiving Coat. Elizabeth wrote the book and her 5-year old daughter, Kailee, illustrated it.The book is an extension of a true story and was created after Kailee and Elizabeth volunteered to help a local food bank. It peaks to the values and beliefs which everyone should possess, especially in this holiday season.

Bethanie said...

I've always wanted to write a Kids Book! What a great place to start. I'm following now!

L said...

This article appears to be from one of those writing mills where the purchaser simply inserts their name as the author while the actual content is written by someone for whom English is a second language - note the typos, misspellings and general odd sentence structure. It would have much more credence if it had actually been written by the person whose name is in the byline.