A Quick Start Guide To Writing For Children

A Quick Start Guide To Writing For Children


Are you writing for a younger audience? Use our quick start guide to writing for children to help you write your stories.

Many writers are under the misconception that is easier to write for children than it is to write for adults. This isn’t true. Writing for children is fun, probably the most fun you can have while you are writing, but it is not easy. There is a lot to consider when you want to keep the kiddos engaged.

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Let’s Take A Look

Children’s literature is a huge category with many subdivisions. To know what you have to do or what is required of you, you have to know who you are writing for.

Everything depends on the age of the reader and there is overlap and wiggle room, but as a beginner writer you’ll have to follow industry guidelines as far as possible, but when you are famous you can get away with more.

A Quick Start Guide To Writing For Children

A Quick Start Guide To Writing For Children

Notes:

  1. I have excluded non-fiction and board books.
  2. You’ll notice that the age groups overlap. This depends on the child and how well they can read.
  3. I’ve used the term ‘appropriate for children’, but of course that is very subjective. Captain Underpants and Harry Potter are frequently challenged titles.
  4. Children read for the same reasons that adults do. They also read for fun and entertainment. Stop trying to preach to them. Add a theme or a lesson but have fun with it. Teach them without wagging your finger.
  5. Do your research. Find out exactly what an agent or publisher wants and work to their guidelines.

Creating Characters For Children’s Books

If you want help with this, please read these posts:

  1. Everything You Need To Know About Creating Characters For Children’s Books
  2. How To Develop Strong Characters Children Will Relate To

The Last Word

Writing for children is a challenge and it is incredibly rewarding. It is really about letting your imagination run wild within some very strict confines.

Explore more of our writing for children posts.

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Mia Botha by Mia Botha

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