Children's Writer's Reference

Children's Writer's Reference

by Eric Suben, Berthe Amoss


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Children's Writer's Reference by Eric Suben, Berthe Amoss

What type of animals work best in picture books? What periods in history are most popular with kids? Which 'problem stories' are right for which ages? This guide gives children's writers all the answers they need to write and illustrate stories kids will love and publishers will buy.

From pre-reader to young adult, children's writers of any age group and genre will find the special market information they need here. This guide breaks down children's writing into 8 easy-to-reference chapters, covering: Children and Books, Ideas, Age Groups and Format, Characters, Setting, Plot, Writing and Thinking Visually.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582972671
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 01/29/2003
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)



If you want to write for children, this book will give you the information you want, when you want it. Perhaps you are just starting your book and need some general ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Maybe you are stuck at critical turning in the plot and need that one special detail to job your story loose. If you pick up this book and turn to the appropriate chapter, you will find a wealth of ideas to inspire you and move your story along.

This is a book of lists. Ideas to inspire or nudge you are strung together with related concepts. Think of each list as a menu. Choose what you want or what you need. It may be good for your story. If not, come back and choose again.

Although the lists are the main thing, they are not the only thing. We have years of experience in writing and publishing children's books, and we have distilled much of this experience into the text that introduces each chapter and list. Take advantage of our words of advice! A proper orientation will make each list that much more useful for you.

As we say repeatedly throughout this book, your children's book is like a movie and you are the director. You have the first and final say about every detail--not just the big things like characters and plot, but things like clothes, lighting, props. If you are writing a picture book, you must be able to visualize every aspect of your book. When writing longer fiction for older children, your ability to evoke sights, sounds and smells through words must be even greater. Browsing through this book will help you consider the details you haven't even thought about. The lists present you with options for filling in the blanks in your thinking and story.

It is important you not stop with our lists as presented. Let our lists inspire you. A word or phrase may shake loose the realistic memory or flight of fancy that gives your story wings. If you don't find the exact notion you need in our lists, use them as a jumping-off place to start theme-based lists of your own. The most important thing is to keep writing. This book is a friend to keep by your writing desk and call on when needed. It can give you that extra idea, that little note of encouragement to keep going.

Most of this book concerns itself with specifics for writing for children--character, plot, setting, and so on. In the first chapter, we provide an overview of just what and who children are. One of the first earmarks of a professional in this field is a realistic understanding of children as both characters and audience and how they grow.

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