How to write children’s books?
It may be possible you have an incredible idea for writing a children’s book or you are inspired by your little one to write a bed time story. What every the reason, now is the time to check your dream bucket list and start with writing.
However, unless you are a well-established and celebrated writer or have a follower lists ready, self-publishing a book can be a long way to reaching your dream, even if your idea is to publish your writings in a traditional way. Here is how you can get started with writing a successful children’s book.
Choose a suitable format
The first step to being successful is to consider whether you’re going to opt for eBooks or paperbacks. While eBooks are not a preferable medium of reading for parents and children, its usage is consistently grown. No matter the number, it comes handy in marketing and promoting the book through the online medium.
Consider your tone
Writing for children is not the same as writing for adults. You may be an excellent writer but you cannot succeed as a children’s writer if you are unable to adopt to their mindset and imaginative way of thinking. Each stage of a child’s learning process requires a different structure and setup of book. For example, new students of age 3 will adopt better with picture books rather than written texts. Similarly, a student of age 8 will require les pictures in the book because they will learn how to read and write without the help of pictures.
Choose a category
• Board books
• Picture books
• Chapter books
• Middle grade chapter books
• Young adults
The types are divided in to categories according to different age groups. Board books may require pictures and words for recognition, where picture books tells a story without having the help words.
Choose your writing style
Your writing style should be able to match the age group you are writing for. You could go for rhyme for children, a simple first person in past or present, or third person describing a scene. Once you have chosen a style of writing, stick to it throughout the process of writing.
Include important elements of a children’s story
Your idea of the story is only strong and interesting as the way you tell it. Good stories for children tends to be carefully structured and tends to be simple. You need to be clear about the core message of the book through the transitioning scenes in the story and changing emotions of the characters. Make sure you have your scenes in a sequence. Although there is not formula of writing a successful fable, but chronology is an important aspect especially for a children’s book.
The title of the book
You may already have a title of your book in your mind. May be you have been thinking about it for a long time. However, you need to make sure your title provides a clear picture of what is happening or going to happen in the book which can be really hard for some writers.
Consider hiring an editor for your book
A good editor is instrumental in making your book a success by eliminating spelling or grammatical errors and structuring the book which best sells the story. Along with that, you can have a worthy second opinion which can guide you to do better the next time you write a children’s book.
Illustrate your book
Illustrations are important when it comes to writing a children’s book. Writers hire an illustrator for children’s book to collaborate and work with them to produce illustrations which can attract and engage the readers with the story.
Follow the steps to write an engaging story. Children value creativity and individuality whether it is through written text or visual factor of the book. So make sure to use your unique voice to educate the young learners in the most innovative way of writing for children.