Writing Children's StoriesWrite children's stories
Avoiding common mistakes when writing a children's textbook
Today my main emphasis is narrower: to help you prevent some frequent errors in writing for them. Let's say you're writing a storybook about a lively girl - she's in nursery school or maybe first class, and she's more than upset to show her new lilac mate.
To top it all off, your figure - let's call her Lily - also has new, glittering filmstars. As she - not unexpectedly - interrupts classes, Lily's usually seizes her treasure, trendy and naughty schoolteacher ("Mr. Slinger" we call him). Lily finds out on the way home that Mr. Slinger has a nice memo and a snack pocket in her lilac pink cellophane can.
Embarrassed and weeping, she spilled her intestines on her mothers. Lily's folks let her spell an excuse? Call Mr. Slinger to tell him how sorry Lily is? Is Lily's great teenage baby-sitter entering with ideas on how Lily can apologize? Genuine children are taught what to do, how to do it and what not.
Families: parent/teacher, older brothers and sisters, trainers, musical teacher - children have to hear grown-ups all the time. Consider a kid you know and begin listing how many adults/authorities the kid is interacting with every single working day/week. Leave the children alone! By the time you've done your schoolwork, you've probably already found out that someone - Kevin Henkes - wrote this tale, Lily's Purple Plastic Purse. Well, that's not true.
but we' re not being notified of her response. Instead, we see Lily struggling with how to make reparations - which includes a fit of "woe-is-me. Your folks are providing some kind of ethical assistance, and that's it. At the end Lily narrates the happily ending like no other personality could.
At most, keep your parent and other authorities in the back seat; make sure their participation is minimum. Do not forget this if you are writing for really young children.