Let the “Child” in you Write!

Experience is a great teacher! Events where you learn can be used to better yourself as you grow and mature. These events can also be of help to others so that they can get different ideas on how to deal with life and its ups-and-downs. It can also serve as a way for you to develop your writing talents and give back to those that need.

Think back to some great times in your life, as well as times that were not so great. Did you learn a new skill? Did you learn a lesson that helped you at some other time in your life? Do you think you can help someone else with what you learned? Children love to learn. They are like sponges. Anything you say. You can be sure children will wonder about it. Your children’s book could turn into a great way to help them find their way as the grow.

That is what writing is all about. Telling stories that can make children happy, let them learn, or just stretch their mind into ‘uncharted’ territory. Writing is a trade that you have to work at. All the best writers – they wrote for years until they got it right. Even if their first book was a success, it did not happen as soon as they put ideas down on paper. They read what other people wrote about. They listened to other ideas. And they saw ‘possibilities.’

The best way to start is to figure out if the book you want to write will fill a need. Yes, your need may have been written many times over but other authors, but what can ‘you’ bring to the book that is not like all the others? You need to let your mind wander and look at the side roads that other writers may have missed or did not really bother with. It is in the ‘hidden’ that you will find your diamond in the rough. Your childhood will be a great way to get your need in the children’s book arena.

Another way to write a book is to decide if you are really the ‘best’ person to write the book. Look at your idea. Did it happen to you? Do you know someone who went through a similar idea? Maybe you need to ‘buddy’ with someone in order to get the best-of-the-best put down on paper. Maybe you engage with others on social media. How many followers do you have? Do you think your book would attract more friends and/or followers? Once your book ready, you will need to know that there are people out there who ‘want’ to read your book. If you are writing children’s books, then you need to make sure that children will ‘want’ to read your book.

Write no matter what you ‘feel.’ Don’t wait for someone to tell you it is ‘ok’ to write. If that is what you want to do, then start now. Even if you write 10 sentences a day. By the end of the week you will have 70 sentences. They may or may not make sense, but it will show you what you thought about each time you wrote. It will help you see the ‘child’ in your writing.

Don’t be afraid of failure. I know I’ve said this before, but it is true. Failure is a way to clear the clutter. Failure can help you see new ideas. Failure makes you ‘think’ more. When you think more, you open your mind to fertile ground that was hidden away. You begin to see why your children’s book is important. Failure keeps you going until it is complete. It is a task you have set out to do and if you are sure in your heart, you will reach the end and have a great children’s book.

Don’t wait until tomorrow – start today. Remember the tortoise and the hare? Slow and steady wins the race. Slow and steady is what great children’s books are all about. Do you want to try to connect with others who write children’s books. Some good information can be found at http://www.scbwi.org/


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