When we were kids, we used to hide under our blankets when the lights went out to avoid the monsters lurking under our beds. These monsters were introduced to us through beautiful stories which taught us a lot about life without us even realizing it. At such a young age we were introduced to common misconceptions, issues, and societal differences that we, unknowingly, have brought with us to our future selves. However, these stories also taught us values that we would treasure throughout our lifetime.
Writing stories to educate and entertain kids at the same time takes a lot of work. When you manage to do it, it gives meaning not just to you, but to others as well. A few tips to consider when writing a children’s book are the following:
Many stories have been written over the decades. Do some research and make sure your story doesn’t sound just like the others. If it does, give it a little twist! You never know how a little experiment turns out.
Remember who you’re writing it for.
Don’t forget that you’re writing for children. You might get caught up in the moment and later realize that your story is slowly becoming a teen read. Remember that these babies are still sucking their thumbs and are being tucked into bed at night.
Mull it over.
Take time to think through your ideas. Don’t pressure yourself with deadlines because good books take time. Writers block is very common. If you ever experience this, try reading old children’s stories and pluck out inspiration from them. Visit bookstores and libraries.
Ask for help.
Writers do not become writers on their own. And while I’m not saying that you can’t be a writer overnight, I’m telling you, it’s not easy to get there. Join writing workshops, seminars, and conferences. Indulge yourself in book clubs where you can meet new people who can share different ideas with you.
It wouldn’t hurt to be organized about your writing. Sometimes, a moment comes when a surge of ideas just passes through our minds. This usually happens when we’re staring at our ceilings when it’s time to go to bed, or when we’re constantly staring at our blank sheets paper. When it happens, list down your ideas so you wouldn’t lose them altogether.
When you’re done, it doesn’t mean it’s over. Review your work and consider that there may be revisions.
Understand the world of book publishing.
When you intend to publish a children’s book, it requires a collaborative effort. You, your editor, your illustrator, and other people involved in the process will have to agree on different aspects. Be open to anything and know that you all have the best interest in mind.
Don’t be afraid of rejection.
When J.K. Rowling sent her manuscript for Harry Potter to her agent, she was rejected. And it didn’t happen once, but many times. Make them listen and let them know that you have what it takes. Never give up on something you’ve worked so hard for.
Don’t ever hesitate to seek support from your family and friends. It can go a long way.
Love your work.
Writers are successful because they love what they’re doing. Share it to the world because you know how many smiles you’ve given to children by writing those awesome stories.
Now that you’re all set to write something for the kiddos, go on! Start with a happy heart and lots of inspiration.