Writing Children's Books

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How to Write Children's Stories with Two or More Characters

Many beginning children’s book writers are told never to try to write a story with two or more main characters unless they have a lot of experience doing so. Although that is sound advice for some writers [more…]

How to Choose Supporting Characters for Your Children's Book

Supporting characters help to convey the context of the story. In deciding who else to add to your children's book's cast of characters, ask yourself who you need in addition to your main character to [more…]

Character Arcs for Your Children's Book

A character arc is just a simple visual tool to help you chart out your children's book character’s development. Her driving desire must be made clear from the start. [more…]

Steer Clear of Stereotypes in Your Children's Book Characters

Stereotyped characters in children's books are ones who are too familiar and thus wooden: the smart geek, the airhead cheerleader, the mean beauty queen. When every expectation a reader has about how a [more…]

Develop Children's Book Characters through Writing Exercises

Exercises are great ways to develop and strengthen general and specific writing muscles and are great when you first start writing a children's book. Each exercise can be used not only to get you writing [more…]

Ensure Your Children's Book Has a Beginning, Middle, and End

Every good children's story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The beginning reels you in, the climactic middle keeps you going, and the end satisfies you with resolution. [more…]

Use Drama and Pacing to Propel Your Children's Book Forward

When you have a beginning, middle, and end to your children's book story, you need to incorporate enough drama into your story, using pacing to keep the reader interested. [more…]

Outline Tools to Structure Your Children's Book Plot

Structure is simply the bones of your children's story upon which are laid the skin and organs: drama, pacing, effective transitions, and strong point of view. You hear a lot of talk about structure in [more…]

Advice for Writing Your Children's Book's First Draft

Don’t expect to sit down and craft a perfect children’s book from start to finish, even if you’ve fully outlined your characters and plot. Writing is not just about putting your first thoughts on paper [more…]

Add a Speech Section to Your Character Bible

For each main character in your children's book, you need to create a character bible. Your character bible really lays out who your character is in terms of personality, looks, history, family, quirks [more…]

Test Your Children's Book Dialogue by Reading It Out Loud

The best test of whether or not your children's book's dialogue is working is to listen to someone else read it back to you. When you hear your dialogue read aloud, pay attention and ask yourself: [more…]

Improve Your Children's Book Dialogue by Using Writing Exercises

Writing dialogue for the characters of your children's book takes developing a good ear and lots of practicing. But you may be better at it than you think. The writing exercises here are part of getting [more…]

How to Create a Context Bible for Your Children's Book

Every story needs to be grounded. That grounding or foundation is created when a context is developed. A context bible can help you give a character a place to begin, a place to set her feet and then jump [more…]

Know When to Include Scenery and Context in Your Children's Book

A children's book reader who is not getting enough information about a main character’s whereabouts won’t necessarily be able to tell you that’s the reason he’s not enjoying your book. But he will feel [more…]

Engage the Sense of Your Children's Book's Readers

What constitutes a good sentence or description of scenery, of place, of context in your children's book? One that evokes a strong image in the reader’s mind. Getting someone to read words and see what [more…]

When Not to Make a Scene in Your Children's Book

There are lots of reasons to include scene development or description of scenery in your children's book. There are also reasons why you should not. Often writers will decide to include a context description [more…]

Point of View Options for Your Children's Book

The primary point of view (POV) decision you have to make before you can write even one sentence of your children's book is person. Third-person stories are told by a narrator who isn’t part of the story [more…]

Engage in Wordplay When Writing Your Children's Book

Words are fun. And what better way to have fun with words than to write a children’s book? You have far more freedom to play around with words when writing children’s books than you do when writing other [more…]

What Kids Consider Funny

Before you can start writing funny children’s books, you need to understand the kinds of things that kids tend to consider funny. And although there may seem to be no rhyme or reason for exactly what children [more…]

The Mojo of Good Writing: Voice, Style, and Tone

When writing a children's book, you need to be aware of a few aspects of good writing: voice, style, and tone. And these are the ones that, unfortunately for writers everywhere, nearly defy instruction [more…]

Prevent Plot Problems with Your Children's Book

Not all plots are the same, but some common plot problems can creep into your children's story when you’re not looking. Here are a few guidelines about approaches you should avoid so as not to muck up [more…]

How to Set Up Your Workspace for Writing Children's Books

Before you can revel in all those copies flying off the bookstore shelves and into online shopping carts — you have to write a children's book! For some fortunate writers, this is the easy part; for others [more…]

How to Conduct Research for Writing Children's Books

The best children’s books have some grounding in a child’s reality, and the best way to discover what that reality is rather than what you imagine it to be is to get out there and explore. [more…]

How to Launch a Social Media Campaign for Your Children's Book

Although a key part of establishing a powerful social media platform to publicize your children's book is persistently and consistently building your online presence using the various tools at your disposal [more…]

More Than Ten Great Sources for Storylines

Certain premises for story lines can be employed time and again. Whether your take on an existing story sounds derivative is up to you and your writing skill. Here are some fabulous resources for story [more…]

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