I’ve self-published 29 children’s books and written many more that are yet to be published. Writing for children is a passion for me, but it hasn’t been as easy as it seemed or as easy as people expect it to be. The reason why I love writing for children is because my books may form part of a child’s early development. I adore the thought that one or more of my characters will become a child’s first close friend. This passion continues to grow as I learn and study the genre and I’m so excited to share my tips with you, an aspiring Children’s book author.
- Step into your childlike mind
- Read picture and children’s books constantly
- Choose an age group
- Choose a theme and reveal it through your story
- Shift your focus from teaching your reader a lesson outright, reveal the message through situations and dialogue instead
- Get to know your characters and form their world
- Make your main character relatable to your reader
- Don’t over describe your characters in order to give your reader a chance to form a description of their own
- Don’t shy away from silly, unusual or quirky characters
- Get creative! Children’s stories don’t need to be set in reality
- Have a clear beginning, middle and end
- Use short words, sentences and paragraphs.
- Make use of direct quotes in dialogue
- Use rhythm, alliteration and repetition in stories intended for young children.
- Be positive
- Include a point of conflict or problem for the main character to solve and work from there
- Get into the action right away
- Don’t make solving the problem too easy for your character. The conflict should increase the tension in the story by allowing the character to triumph and fail repeatedly in order for them to find a solution while growing in the process.
- Remember to show, not tell
- First-person narration is popular with school going readers as they are able to form a bond with the main character
- Third-person is preferred for picture books
- Get a child to ‘proof read’ the story when you are done
- Write with your heart and write what you love
- Believe in yourself!
Are you a children’s book author? What tip would you add to this list? What’s your favourite tip? Let me know by commenting below!
Love and Blessings,