Writing a children’s book is a wonderful undertaking for any writer. This is because it is a freeing feeling to write for children. There are no pretensions. There is no falsehood. There is true purity in writing for children. But as great as it may be to write a children’s book, it can still prove difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing. So before you set out and write a children’s book of your own, you should have a set strategy, here are 7 helpful ways you can create a children’s book of your very own.
1. Write with a specific age group in mind
Before you write your children’s book, you should remember one thing. You should know what specific age group that you are going to write for. This is because there are various age groups to consider when you write a children’s book. And each age group has a different level of comprehension and reading capability. So when you write your children’s book, write with a specific age group in mind.
2. Brainstorm an original idea
Aside from choosing an age group to write for, you should also make sure that your overall story concept is truly original. This is because most kids have very short attention spans. And it is very easy for their attentions to wander if the topic does not interest them. So when you are coming up with story ideas, make sure that you take your time and come up with something truly original.
3. Your characters are key
If you want your children’s book to get your young reader’s attentions, your cast of characters is key. This is because the characters are the main focal point of the story. The readers will see the story through their eyes, and the reader may even see themselves in the characters you make. So make sure that you create a truly unique cast of characters. Give each of your characters distinct personalities, backstories and motivations. Overall, the more depth and facets you give to your characters the more immersive and enjoyable your story will be.
4. Find a great illustrator
Children’s Books are usually synonymous with illustrations. This is because kids are usually more responsive to visual stimulation. So it always pays that you find an experienced and skilled illustrator. Of course, if you know how to make your own illustrations you can do the work yourself. But if not, then getting a professional illustrator is key. When looking for a professional illustrator, make sure that you do your research. Be thorough and ask for a portfolio of your perspective illustrators. You should also choose an illustrator who knows how to get your specifications and instructions just right. It can be difficult looking for an illustrator at first. But seeing as illustrations can mean the difference between your children’s book being a success or failure, it always pays to be thorough.
5. Avoid using strong language
Whether you are writing for a 4 year old or an 11 year old, you should remember one thing. That strong language or any type of profanity is totally off limits. Parents are having their kids read your work, because they want their kids to learn good values and life lessons from your book. And it would only anger and cause distress to parents if you use strong language or profanity in your work. So remember, when you write your children’s book strong language and profanity should never be an option.
6. Write for the parents as well
As it was stated earlier, parents have a very big say on what their kids get to read. So when you write your children’s book, you should write for the parents as well. Think of it as a way to market your book. When you write your book, always specify or point out life lessons, values and other positive ideas throughout your book. Avoid making the story too dark or morally vague. Remember that parents want their kids to learn from these books and it would not do if your children’s book is disturbing or unpleasant to read.
7. Enjoy the process
The writing process can get a bit complicated in the long run. What with all the writing, illustrating, publishing, marketing and other aspects of the process. But despite all these difficulties, you should never forget to enjoy the process. Because as difficult as the process may be, it is still a privilege and an honor to write a children’s book. It is an opportunity to inspire and enrich the lives of a myriad of kids. So just buckle down and just enjoy the process. And remember that no matter what the outcome, it will all be worth it in the end.