Writing Children's Books

Written by Christa Gatewood
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There are a few things you need to become a good children's book writer. You need a great imagination and the ability to think like a child. Even if something is well written, it is nothing if it is not a great idea first. You also need raw writing talent. Writing talent is something that can be improved, but it cannot necessarily be created. Finally, you need knowledge of the business of children's book publishing. In the end, publishing is a business, and if you don't know how to operate within the industry, your manuscript will go nowhere fast.

Steps to Writing Children's Books

The first thing you have to do to write a good children's book is to come up with a killer idea that is a mixture of imagination and business savvy. A killer idea is not only the one that is creatively brilliant; it is also the one that sells. You should go to the children's section of a library or bookstore and read all of the most popular books. Read the oldies but goodies and the bestsellers. You can use these books to determine if your idea is marketable, and if not, how it could be.

Once you have your idea, the writing talent part comes in. Be sure to create an original story. Of course, there are common childhood themes that work into children's books, but the story that uses interesting characters and dynamic situations is the one that makes it to the top of the pile. Originality beats trite copy every time.

When you finish your story, test it on your target audience. Employ the comments of the neighborhood kids or your family to give you feedback. Never forget your target audience when writing.


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