Writing for children is not an easy task. Children minds are way too active and full of imagination. Hence, writing for children takes a lot more than writing for adults. The most important thing is to understand their psyche and act according to it.
- Start by thinking like a child – A child’s mind is not always an immature one. Honestly, from my point of view a child is more compassionate, passionate and mature at some point than an adult. Think about a theme or a story line which you would like as a child. Or maybe, try to remember your favorite story as a child. Act upon it. Try to draw the outlines.
- Your target audience – Most authors prefer to write a story for “all age groups” but not everyone can connect with readers. But then again we have a great example of a successful author who could sweep everyone’s feet off with an amazing series of book, “Harry Potter” and she is J. K. Rowling. Rowling’s book was for children of all ages, but is now loved by children and adults. That is a massive success. So while you are writing a story for children ask yourself, who are you writing the story for? Is it for children of 2-6 years, or for middle graders of 8-11 years for the young children of 12+ and write your story based on that.
- Keep it clear, concise and precise – A story of 700 or 1000 words, but isn’t clear or precise enough—the children aren’t going to like it. Your words should never be complex or sentences too long. Keep it simple. Make a clear beginning, middle and an end. Remember the ending of the story is harder than the beginning.