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Why Should I Write for Children?

July 2nd, 2014

If writing a children’s book is something you’ve never really thought about, then now might be the time to start! The children’s book market offers a huge range of opportunities for new writers, and if you think you’re up to the challenge then it could be the best decision you ever make. But what is it that makes writing for children so rewarding?

First off, you’ll find that as a children’s author you’ll get to spend more time with your readers than most writers do. Schools, youth groups and local libraries are always keen to have good role models and successful adults come in to speak to the children, so if this is something you’d like to do then make it known that you’re open to invitations! You could use the opportunity to do a short reading from your book and ask for opinions, or perhaps to speak to them about the kind of books they like and why they like them. Either way, it’s an excellent chance to get some market research done and you’re guaranteed to get some honest answers.

But be careful – this could be an eye-opening experience. Children can be some of the harshest critics around, and they won’t hold back in telling you what they think of your book!

Another great thing about writing for children is that there are no limits to how imaginative or creative you can be. If you have a particular talent for weird and wonderful ideas, whether they’re characters, creatures or places, you’ll find a much more responsive audience in children than in adults. As a general rule, children love to read anything out of the ordinary, so get your brain working and come up with something crazy. If you’re struggling, try using something like this Random Word Generator to get you started, and see if you can write a story to connect all the words.

And the best reason of all for becoming a children’s writer? Because at least some of them are going to remember you and remember your books for the rest of their lives. If you think back to your childhood, there are bound to be some stories and characters that you still remember vividly now. It’s a great feeling to know that something you wrote is going to be remembered fondly in twenty or even fifty years’ time, so why not get started today?

 

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