Writing a children’s Book

I have been a little busy to post on this blog recently. Does any one read it anyway? I am writing my children’s book that I started in 1988. I originally wrote the thing as a series of mini adventures, send it off to publishers and got nowhere. However, it has been in my mind to re-work it for sometime and that is what I am doing.

The funny thing about this version is I really do not feel as if I am writing it. The characters have taken over and, in effect, are dictating what goes on to me. It’s very odd. No matter how I try and keep to a prearranged plot, they interrupt, do the opposite and change everything. I am not sure how that works, but it keeps you on your toes.

As I say it is a children’s book and aimed for the 9-12 year age group. I believe that makes it harder than normal fiction to write because a child will put the book down if they are bored, so you really have to work to keep them engaged. That doesn’t mean that it has to be all plot and no substance. I do think children love little details that make them smile. You just have to be inventive. This doesn’t seem to be a problem for me as I love coming up with crazy logic.

Anyway, I will carry on and let you know when it is ready and if there are any big kids out there, you might even enjoy giving it a read.

March 10th, 2013 by