Wednesday, July 25, 2018

My Five “Practical” Tips for Aspiring Writers of Children’s Books

This was the question asked of me by my friend and collaborator, Darrel O. Marco: what practical tip can you share if you want to write a children's book?

First, answer the question why write a children’s book? Define your purpose.

Second, do you have the heart of a child? Know who you are as a children’s book author and respect the audience you are writing for.

Third, how much do you love stories and storytelling? Commitment, dedication and discipline to the art and the industry can trump talent.

Fourth, LISTEN. Listen to kids, your audience. Listen to yourself and discover or
nurture the child with in. Listen to others when they critique or review your work. It will help you grow!

Fifth, have friends and we’ll write books! It’s a journey. A process. And you cannot traverse the path on your own. Reading and writing are not solitary acts.

He asked for one, I gave him five and shared insights. Of the five tips or points for aspiring writers, it is the fourth tip and insight I find most relevant.

Oh, and here’s one more - keep on reading and writing. Read anything you can get your hands on. Write anything under the sun! Don’t be afraid. Just do it. 

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