Reasons to write non-fiction for children

When people think children’s literature, they usually picture fiction. This seems to be true of children’s writers as well; most of them turn to fiction as a genre, almost instinctively. As it turns out, there are plenty of reasons for children’s writers to consider writing non-fiction. ‘It’s fun!’ and ‘It’s profitable!’ are just two of the many reasons Fun Factor Writing non-fiction means that the writer must first understand the concept, then find a way to provide a fun Continue Reading

Great Beginnings for Children’s Stories

Well begun is half-done. In other words, a story should begin with a bang. This advice is especially true for children’s writers. If you don’t grab your reader’s attention real soon, you will lose them to TV, computer games or some other gadget. And when it comes to the publishers, they are most likely to dump a submission that does not grab them within the first chapter. Even better if you can hook them in the first page or even the first paragraph. Drop them in the thick of things In Continue Reading

Ideas For Children’s Books

“We pass a thousand story ideas every day. Writers see a dozen, most people see none.” Ever wonder why writers constantly use the cliché – ideas are everywhere? And ever wonder why you don’t see them? Maybe another famous line will make it clear to you, “Seek and you will find.” Writers are Active Seekers Writers don’t sit back and wait for inspiration. They actively seek them. They hunt down ideas and then work hard at developing them into entertaining stories. Roald Continue Reading

Creating Characters For Children’s Books

Harry Potter Series, Wimpy Kid Series, Percy Jackson Series - all bestsellers with a compelling central character. So compelling that the readers were willing to wait on them for years, following their every move book after book. Most all-time bestsellers and children’s classics follow the same pattern. Charlotte’s web, Calvin and Hobbes, Matilda, Tale of Peter Rabbit – these are all books with characters much loved by both the young readers and the adults. Is that the secret of their success? According Continue Reading

Children’s writers have to think like a kid

If you want to know the real difference between a kid and an adult, think of a large bar of chocolate. Now think of that chocolate half-melted - all gooey and sticky. How would an adult handle it? Carefully, with lots of napkins at hand.  And a kid? A kid would just dive in with zest - slurping, licking and quaffing the stuff down. Adults step out carefully. They look before they leap. Kids run out with their arms open wide to embrace the world. They live in the moment. A children’s writer Continue Reading

How to Write A Children’s Picture Book

If you are a writer, attempting to create a children’s picture book for the first time, you need to keep these facts in mind. About Picture Books Picture books usually have 32 pages, with about 28 pages of text. Each page has a color illustration; either a single illustration or double-page spread. The target audience for most picture books is children of ages 3- 8 years.  However, there is also a large market for picture books aimed at the older audience, aged 9 to 12years. But these Continue Reading

Writing For Children

A children’s writer has to get in touch with her own past, while simultaneously understanding the youth of today. Getting to Know the Children Read children’s literature extensively. Google for children’s award-winning books, scan the books on popularity charts, browse through libraries and bookstores. Humor, poems, short stories, novels, picture books – read through every genre. This will not only open your eyes to the current market trends and reader tastes, but also give your own creativity Continue Reading

Proofreading Your Children’s Book Manuscript

Proofreading is reexamining your written work very carefully to correct errors in grammar and spelling. A piece of pie for children’s books, right? Not really, if you know how clued in your audience is. Jan and Stan, the writers of “The Berenstain Bears”, found out the hard way – when they received an avalanche of mail for missing out on a hair bow on one of the characters in a book! This is an audience you don’t want to mess with. So, children’s writers cannot afford to forget Continue Reading

How To Write A Children’s Book?

Write. Write more. Write even more. Write even more than that. Write when you don’t want to. Write when you do. Write when you have something to say. Write when you don’t. Write every day. Keep writing.”  ― Brian Clark Step #1:  Practice, Practice and then some more Writing is an ability that gets better and faster with practice. Like running, cooking, drawing …. Almost every activity there is. You can build up slowly and then, with practice, work your Continue Reading

What Should I Write About?

It’s a question that too many wannabe writers have asked when sitting before a blank page or screen. And finding no answer to fill that void before them, shelved their dreams forever. They forget that to succeed at anything in life, we need to sink in loads of practice, perseverance and self-belief. And writing is no different. Says the famous author Neil Gaiman: “This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It's that easy, Continue Reading