Writing a fiction book for children
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Writing a fiction book for children

Children are very ambitious and adventurous, so writing a book with them in mind would require you to come up with a special idea. Before writing, identify the age group that your book will be targeting. Kids’ books range from board books meant for kids aged 0-3 years all the way to books meant for children aged 8-12 years. As much as it is meant for children, parents are also your target market. They are the ones who buy them and so you need to ensure that your writing appeals to them as well. Ensuring that your book focuses on their children’s emotional, physical, spiritual, social, and cultural needs are appealing aspects that have guardians purchasing your book.

A child's attention span is known

A child’s attention span is known to not be too long, they grow disinterested in books if the characters do not speak to who they are. Moreover, if the story is too long, some children may find it to be tiresome to read from cover to cover. In case you are targeting kids aged between 0-3 years do not focus on making rhymes. Scientifically children that age are unable to recognize the words, in turn, focus on pictures and colors that draw their attention. Bring yourself down to a child’s reading level but do use vocabularies and characters that light up their creativity. Do scan through other children’s books before writing yours just to find ground on words that are appealing to them.

Writing a fiction book for children

Writing a children’s book is as costly and time-consuming as creating any other novel. The illustrations need a talented artist who will bring out pictures from a child’s eye and you need time to edit the book before publishing. Picking out a title is as challenging as it is important because you need to remember that it cannot be too wordy, it has to be unique to you as well as carry a bit of mystery.

Discover your views as the author, views that will give your readers a special impression of who you are. You can choose to be inventive through your books by, for example, superpowers that were not heard of before, this makes your books iconic. Take your time in creating the main character thinking about their personality and making their nature as human as possible. Find out what the character’s habits would be like, their desires, imperfections, and what makes them stand out. Reiteration of words makes it easy for a child to remember a book. An example would be words such as, “row, row, row, your boat”. Publishers are drawn by repetition in children’s books and are more willing to sell such books.

You should not write a prologue in a children’s book dive right into the story from page one. If the main character was to travel to Paris, let the journey start within the first two pages. The pacing in a child’s book does not allow for an author to give the history of their characters. Give your character a hurdle to go over with the solution to the problem being the end of the story. The obstacle should be something that a child would find challenging to do as well.