Do you long to be the next big children’s author? Perhaps you admire Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson, and J.K Rowling and want to write books like them? With this advice, you can! You’ll need to be equipped with a great imagination, creativity, and the ability to think like a child – but if you can do that, you’re half way there! Here’s how to write engaging stories for children:
Brainstorm Your Ideas
Brainstorm any ideas you have for your story. Remember, the great thing about writing children’s stories is that they don’t have to be realistic! You could write about talking animals, made up creatures, and other farfetched imaginings. Children love things like this! You can even get them involved and ask them what they’d do or say in a certain situation, so you can then use it in your book. You’ll probably end up in fits of laughter!
Develop Your Characters
Now it’s time to develop your ideas for characters and work out how they will fit into the story. Here, you can take a tip from J.K Rowling, who outlined the whole world of Harry Potter before even writing the first book! This will help your characters and their actions to make sense, even if they wouldn’t make sense in our world.
Write According to the Age You’re Aiming Your Story At
What age do you want to write for? You’ll need to alter your writing to suit the age group. Books for children aged around 3-5 will need to be stories that have a very simple to understand plot, or even a book that has no plot at all that simply uses rhyming words. Children who are older appreciate reading books that treat them like adults, with a more intricate plot.
Create an Outline for Your Story
Outline your story so you know exactly what will be happening in the beginning, middle, and end of your story. Write about how your characters will evolve as the story goes on. You will also want to think of the conflict that the main character has to face, as they always do. What will be the Voldemort to your Harry Potter?
Inject Flair Into Your Writing
Children love humour in books, and adults will appreciate it too. You can go as far as to make up words to make your story more humorous and engaging! Make sure you show what different characters are like by writing about them reacting in certain situations. You can even write about how characters act in the same situation to show how different they are. Avoid using boring sentences.
Think About Whether You Want to Add Pictures or Not
You can now decide whether you’d like to add pictures or not to your book. Some pictures can make a story easier to follow, but in some cases they can distract from the story. Again, this depends on the age group you’re writing for.
Try out these techniques, and you may end up with a famous children’s novel. Let us know how you got on in the comments!