Because of my search history I get a lot of links with a lot of the same advice. And quite frankly, I hate most of it. Not every writer is the same, not every manuscript can be written the same way.
It honestly doesn’t matter if you’re a writer or not, self care is important. There are some myths about it being self-indulgent, a waste of time, and expensive. Not to mention the idea that all artists are supposed to suffer (queue my eye roll here).
I could say this with a single sentence but I plan to go on a tangent. Young Adult and Middle Grade are not genres of children’s literature.
But they have their own sections at the bookstore.
No kidding. Kids have their own sections at the department store too, but it’s not meant to do anything other than dictate what sizes the pants are.
A mood board is a type of visual presentation or ‘collage’ consisting of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition. It can be based on a set topic or can be any material chosen at random. A mood board can be used to convey a general idea or feeling about a particular topic.
It doesn’t matter what age you write for, writers will always debate whether it’s better to be a plotter or a pantser. A plotter is someone who outlines their novel completely before beginning to write it (sometimes overly so); a pantser is someone who “writes by the seat of their pants,” completely winging their novel.Continue reading “Outlining Your Kidlit Novel”
I’ve been putting off this post for days, but I keep coming back to the idea. The irony is strong with this one.
Where do I even begin?
It’s not enough to simply “write a children’s book.” It’s not that simple. When you believe writing for a younger audience is easy, you automatically assume less of your audience and it shows in your writing and it is an immediate turn-off.
As with all children’s literature, voice is incredibly important. It must reflect the voice of the target audiences and draw them in with every chapter.
The snowflake method, created by author and writing instructor Randy Ingermanson, is a technique for crafting a novel from scratch by starting with a basic story summary and adding elements from there.
Writing in the appropriate voice is probably the hardest thing about writing children’s lit. You don’t just have to just worry about the words on the page and the age appropriate way to say them, but also how it sounds.