Want to write for children? Bring out the child in you!


Hi everyone

Besides writing non-fiction how-to business books, I also enjoy writing children’s picture books for 3-5 years.

To write for children you need to bring out the child in you. By this I mean:

● Watch children’s TV.
● Read children’s stories.
● Have things a child would have such as cuddly toys or action figures.
● Play like a child would play – On diggers or swings.
● Go to kid’s club at the cinema and watch kids movies in a room full of kids.
● Go on day trips to where children would go – The beach, zoo, theme park.
● Play with and be around children.
● When you are with children, act like a kid, make animal noises, be energetic, make up stories, use your imagination.
● Think young, act young, be young.

If you get the chance, watch the Sooty Show, like I did at Brean Leisure Park.

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Write soon
Sandra

How to create compelling characters for kids


Hi everyone

You may have noticed quirkybooks.net is developing.

I have taken on-board my first new illustrator and he is working on illustrations for my debut children’s picture book for 3-5 year olds.

So what makes compelling characters for kids in terms of the writer/illustrator partnership for that age group:

  1. Character expressions mimic that of the kids’.
  2. They behave in the same manner as a kid would.
  3. They speak the kids’ language.
  4. Even the more scary animals are cute, cuddly and approachable.
  5. Each character has their own character that makes them memorable in some way.
  6. They are colourful.
  7. The story is told from the point of view of the main character.
  8. The main character is likeable and approachable.
  9. Kids can relate to the main character in some way.
  10. Each character could have a story of their own to tell.

My debut children’s picture book © “The Owl Who Couldn’t Hoot” will be out in a few months.

If you would like to keep up to date with what is happening and for news , information and inspiration . Please click on the link below and fill in your details:

http://www.quirkybooks.net

Write soon. Sandra.