Writing for Children

Point of View and Children’s Storytelling

Sep 27th, 2016 | By
point of view in children's stories

by Karen Cioffi Point-of-view (POV) is the narrator’s view of what’s going on. The POV is who’s telling the story. This will determine what the reader ‘hears’ and ‘sees’ in regard to the story. And, it determines the ‘personal pronouns’ that will be used. There are three main POVs in

Keeping Personal Bias Out of Educational Nonfiction

Sep 9th, 2016 | By
avoiding-personal bias in educational nonfiction

Avoiding Personal Bias in Educational Nonfiction by Melissa Abramovitz Most of my work involves writing educational nonfiction books and magazine articles for children and teenagers, and over the years I’ve learned that one of the most difficult aspects of this type of writing is keeping my personal opinions out of

10 Ways to Make Your Picture Book Story Unputdownable

Aug 31st, 2016 | By
tips for writing a picture book

Today’s post comes from Jill Esbaum in celebration of the recent publication of her picture book If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party. The post includes a fun gift for kids (just click on the link you’ll find below). Tips for Writing a Picture Book from Jill Esbaum

Why Are Editors Rejecting My Manuscript?

Aug 5th, 2016 | By
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Why Editors Reject Manuscripts by Melissa Abramovitz Recently an aspiring children’s author hired me to critique and edit a short story that children’s magazine editors kept rejecting. Since some of the mistakes this writer made are very common, I decided to share how I helped her correct them. These errors

Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Author Sarah Hill

Jul 13th, 2016 | By
Tradebook tips for teachers

Tradebook Tips for Teachers Today we’re hosting Day 3 of a 5-day virtual tour for Sarah Hill’s new children’s book, Fearne Fairy and the Chocolate Caterpillar. This tour is sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center. In today’s post, Sarah gives some tradebook tips for

Writing Contests: How To Distinguish Scams From Legitimate Competitions

Jul 2nd, 2016 | By
writing contests or scams

Aspiring and established writers often wonder about whether or not to enter any of the hundreds of writing contests advertised online and in writer’s magazines and market guides. Many offer substantial cash prizes and other awards, and many are legitimate and possibly career-enhancing. But many others are, unfortunately, scams or

5 Unbreakable Rules for Children’s Writers

Jun 6th, 2016 | By
unbreakable rules for children's writers

There are lots and lots of rules out there in books, blogs, articles, workshops, and other sources of information for all types of writers. You have undoubtedly seen or heard rules like “show don’t tell,” “write what you know,” and “avoid using adjectives.” You have probably also realized that these

Writing a Mystery for a Children’s Magazine

May 26th, 2016 | By
writing a mystery for a children's magazine

When writing a mystery for children in general, there are basic ingredients your story should have: Problem A mystery usually starts with a problem that involves a crime or mysterious unknown. Somebody is needed to solve the problem and get all the questions answered. Think whodunit! Characters • Detective or

Controlling Your Writing Destiny

May 5th, 2016 | By
controlling your writing destiny

Last week I attended a SCBWI regional writer’s conference and found the keynote speaker’s tips on becoming a “writing warrior” to be intriguing and useful. Basically, this best-selling author (Bruce Hale, author of Clark the Shark and many other books) challenged aspiring writers to take control of their writing destiny

The First Page of Your Picture Book

May 1st, 2016 | By
the first page of your picture book

A picture book is all about your Main Character (MC) and the problem he or she is trying to solve. As in all manuscripts, the first page of your picture book plays an important role. Note that this is not the first page of your manuscript. This is the text

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