Posts Tagged ‘ writing for children ’

Create a Believable Protagonist with Realistic Characteristics

Mar 4th, 2017 | By
creating characters

If you write for children, you should let the reader see your protagonist’s characteristics within the first few pages. This enables the reader to quickly identify with him or her. This connection will determine whether the reader turns the next page. Unless you’re writing fantasy or science fiction, your protagonist



New Resource for Young Adults Who Want to Write Children’s Books

Nov 19th, 2016 | By
write a children's book

Write a Children’s Book More and more publishers are creating how-to books about writing for the young adult market. A few years ago, I wrote Write a Romance in Five Simple Steps for Enslow Publishers. And now, one of the newest books in the genre is So You Want to…Write



A Poem, Thanksgiving, and Writing for Children

Nov 16th, 2016 | By
children's thanksgiving poem

November, of course, brings Americans to think about the Thanksgiving holiday and its meaning beyond elaborate turkey dinners (or for those of us who do not eat meat, elaborate tofu-turkey dinners). A poem I wrote that was recently published in the literary magazine Stinkwaves Magazine is not directly related to



Writers – Fill Your Own Shoes

Oct 18th, 2016 | By
what children's publishers are looking for

I recently read several independent blog posts by editors and literary agents about book submissions they have received in which the cover letter included claims that the author envisioned him or herself as the next J.K. Rowling, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, or other best-selling author. The problem with these submissions,



Tips for Children’s Writers from Author Joan Leotta

Sep 29th, 2016 | By
writing tips for children's writers

Today we’re hosting Day 4 of a 5-day virtual tour for Joan Leotta’s new children’s book, Summer in a Bowl. This tour is sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center. In today’s post, Joan offers some personal tips for other children’s writers. Tips for Children’s Writers The



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



Why Are Editors Rejecting My Manuscript?

Aug 5th, 2016 | By
why editors reject manuscripts

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



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 for Children: Maximize Your Natural Skills

Mar 15th, 2016 | By
writing for children

The first movie I ever saw with Anne Hathaway was Princess Diaries. Delightfully awkward and adorably klutzy, I thought she did an amazing acting job. When I watched her in other performances, however, I realized that a lot of it wasn’t acting at all. The movie maximized Anne’s natural personality



How to Get a Picture Book Published

Jan 30th, 2016 | By
D is for Drinking Gourd

by Nancy I. Sanders I started writing because I wanted to write picture books. Every week, I took my two preschoolers, Danny and Ben, to our library. Every week, we lugged home tote bags overflowing with picture books. I devoured them all and read them over and over to



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