Writing for kids sounds really easy, but those who do, know it is not as easy as one thinks. “Kids are like sponges. They absorb everything you give them and their thirst never ends.
Writing for kids is pretty different from any normal genre of writing. One has to keep in mind that they are dropping flowers in empty baskets and only bright and vibrant flowers will make an empty basket look beautiful.
“A young and vital child knows no limit to his own will, and it is the only reality to him. It is not that he wants at the outset to fight other wills, but that they simply do not exist for him. Like the artist, he goes forth to the work of creation, gloriously alone.”
– Jane Harrison
The various genres of children’s books include picture books, baby books, easy readers, transition books, books for middle grade children and young adults etc.
Here are ten tips you should remember to follow while penning down stories for kids:
1. Write With Positive Vibes
Remember, the book you are developing should help the kid to grow up. Keep in mind that the story has positive vibes for a kid, and remember not to use any kind of austerity in the narration. The kids will dislike it more than you think.
2. Easy To Read
Make it easy. Keep the plot uncomplicated and not so intricate and the moral, simple to understand. The language should be easy for a kid to read but remember to use some words here and there which enhance a kids vocabulary.
3. Use Imagination
Try using your imagination. Add fantasy elements. Kids are young and enchanted by the wonders of magic. Try using something, new, unique and innovative in your plot.
4. Interesting Moral Stories
Write moral stories but remember not to make them boring. Kids usually tend to get bored if there is too much accentuation on a particular thing.Tips on how to write children’s stories is an interesting arrticle you might find worth visiting.
5. Something To Stand Out of the Crowd
There are many writers in this genre and every one is better than the other. So if you are writing professionally, remember to have something unique that stands out of the crowd.
6. Connect With Kids
Use elements that kids connect to. Write about naughty kids, pranks, teachers, school, nature with fantasy elements and other things.
7. No Sleepy Story
Try not to make the story sleepy. Read it over thrice yourself and think over it again if you have to stifle a yawn! The writing should be visually appealing to children for which you may use plenty of interesting pictures.
8. Use Appropriate, Relevant Story
Remember that you write anything that is appropriate for a child to read. The theme should have relevance to kids.
9. Be the Teacher-cum-Guardian
Try not to forget that you are not giving instructions as a teacher but consultation and guidance as a guardian.
10. Make Them Laugh
But remember yourself – the first and foremost requirement for a good writing for children is – be a kid yourself.