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Published on: 30 May 2018 by finch

What Not to Do When Writing a Children's Book

Never let the bad guys win. Although, as adults, we want to be honest with the children that we love, there is a time and a place. Make sure that the right guy comes out on top by the end of the book, even when he is different from everyone else and faces difficulties. You should make sure that the bad guy never wins by creating characters with positive and negative attributes.

Don't speak to your young audience as a parent or adult. Be careful not to write a book that preaches or lectures children. You want them to learn from your book and take the lesson with them, but they should come to the conclusion on their own or with help as they read the book with their parents. Children may be small, but they are not merely lesser-intelligent adults. Do not treat them as you are talking down to them - if there is one thing that children aren't, it's idiotic.

As you create your story, do not create characters who ask their parents for a solution and receive the answer to all their problems. Create main characters who can change throughout the book or solve the issues come across. Just as children are not small and stupid adults, they are more independent than adults realize and can often come to rational conclusions after some thought.

Do not throw pictures together and call it a children's book. Make sure your story - just as you would with a young adult or adult book - has a beginning, middle, and end as well as a plot that makes sense. While small children under the age of 2 may prefer bright photos and images, you do not merely want to pack a bunch of colorful and bold shapes into a children's book. Even a book that teaches colors and shapes has a point and children will enjoy the fun way they are meeting their developmental milestones.

The same goes for those authors writing for older children, such as ages 7 and up. At this time, children are reading simple chapter books. When this is the case, do not merely cram text onto the pages for the children to take in. Even an encyclopedia has a few indicative photographs.

By using such websites as Reedsy, you can find a ghostwriter for your children's book, an editor, or merely another writer to help you bring your ideas to life.

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