Writing for Children

        So, You Think Writing for Children Is Easy? Wrong for many reasons. Children expect a good story that's full of action, concise, precise, and has a believable ending. 

Tips for Writing for Children

1.        Learn how to write.

2.       Write a good story with a fast-paced plot. Write from the child’s perspective.

3.        Use correct grammar, spelling, sentence structure.   

4.        Active voice and action verbs and show, don’t tell.


5.        Vocabulary, child's level even if expanding vocabulary

6.         Insert humor, well-defined characters, and avoid clichés.


7.          Story should translate into illustrations.


8.          Morals or lessons should not be “preachy.”


9.           Stories should be relevant to the age group.


10.        The story shouldn’t be too long or wordy.


11.        Alliteration, meter, and rhyme must be used well or not used at all.

12.        Use talking animals carefully.

13.        Use serious and/or controversial subjects appropriately.

14.        Research material for a children’s book.

15.        Adults should not “carry the day,” but adults can have important roles.

16.        Use a large dose of imagination.

17.        Illustrations: authors should not try to illustrate unless they do professional level art work.