At my former life, as a children’s publicist for a publishing company, I would sometimes receive manuscripts in the mail from hopefully writers who desperately wanted to realize their dream of being published.
So many people have mentioned how easy it must be to write a children’s book. I whole-heartedly disagree. It takes a real author, an accomplished writer to write a true children’s book, one that captures the imagination and will be passed down to generation after generation.
Think about it, not many writers can use a sparing amount of words to bring across a lesson or story. This is why when one of my friends, Nate, asked me to be a guest editor on his blog for a post on learning how to write from children’s books, I jumped at the chance.
Much like Nate, I have also been fascinated by children’s books. I have always loved books and as a writer myself, the talent it takes to write a good children’s book has always been something I am in awe of. I have my own collection of my favorite children’s books and it continues to grow as I travel and check out interesting new book stores always snagging my favorite children’s book by a local author.
As Nate talks about, writing is intimate, especially children’s books. For each person it’s different, but there is always someone in mind when you write.
I love how it also begs the question, “Who are you writing for?”
See what Stephen King has to say on that subject and read Nate’s great observations of what we can all learn about writing from these bite sized page turners. Nate and I worked at the college paper together when I was editor and it was so fun to collaborate with him again!
What have you learned from reading children’s books? Who do you write for?