Monthly Archives: November 2013

SO YOU WANT TO WRITE FOR CHILDREN? Chapter 7. Create your world

If the book’s any good, the reader will immediately be drawn into the world you create. So before you start writing, you’d better know this world yourself! Sometimes I create a “moodboard”, a collection of images from a certain time period or location to get me started. On other occasions I make in-depth notes. Other […]

Our favourite Christmas books

                                         

My Top Ten Christmas book gifts for kids 2013

In no particular order of preference!           What do you recommend?

SO YOU WANT TO WRITE FOR CHILDREN? Chapter 6. Be inspired!

Find events that will inspire you to put pen to paper or create that new word document. Try: your local bookshops for author visits your local library for local author events or book groups find a local writing group join an association or society e.g. SCWBI  http://britishscbwi.org/ find a literary festival maybe set up a […]

SO YOU WANT TO WRITE FOR CHILDREN? CHAPTER 5. Get organised!

To get that book written, you will need to dedicate lots of time to the task. So when and where? J.K Rowling is said to have written Harry Potter at a café in Edinburgh. I  heard Philip Pullman speak at a bookshop (about 11 years ago!), and he said he liked to write in his […]

SO YOU WANT TO WRITE FOR CHILDREN? CHAPTER 4. BUY THIS!

You’ve heard so many people say it, but this is the one item you need to invest in: The Children’s Writer’s and Artists Yearbook. Tells you everything you need to know! Worth every penny.

SO YOU WANT TO WRITE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN? CHAPTER 3. SNOOP ON THE “SUCCESSFUL”

Use Amazon (or similar sites) as a tool to research story openings. Or better still get down to your local library or bookshop! Many of the books on Amazon allow you to see the first few pages. Very useful to explore the different ways to “hook your reader”. My favourite story openings: Maphead, by Lesley Howarth Holes, […]

So you want to write books for children? Chapter 2. Do your homework.

Browse your local bookshop. Visit your local library. Dust off your old childhood favourites. Read reviews of newly published books. Find out what the children you know like to read. Watch some kids tv, get in the zone. Easy, right??!

So you want to write books for children? Chapter 1. Useful websites.

I recently decided to finally get those books written. However, I have spent as long researching the whole writing process with regard to getting published as the writing itself! Here are my favourite go to websites: http://loutreleaven.wordpress.com/ http://www.wordsandpics.org/ http://booksforkeeps.co.uk/ https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/ http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/ I’ll add more as I think of them.