How to Write a Children's Book
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How to Write a Children's Book

'How delightful it must be to write books after one's own taste instead of reading other people's,' said Gwendolyn.

'I would give anything to write a book.'

'And why should you not?' said Mrs Arrowpoint encouragingly. 'You have but to begin as I did. Pen, ink and paper are at everybody's command.'

So wrote George Eliot in Daniel Deronda, but it is not quite as easy as that. Before you embark on a children's book, there are several things to consider.

Writing fro Children for the Right Reasons

If you think that writing for children is a soft option, that it will be good practice for writing an adult book, this is not a good reason. A children's book can be more difficult to write than an adult book because you are more restricted by theme, vocabulary and length. When you have only 500 words in which to tell a story, as in a picture book, for instance, every word has to be the right word. Maurice Sendak, who won awards for his picture books, said that sometimes he rewrote the text 300 times to get exactly the right words.

'The horror of that moment,' the White King says in Alice Through the Looking Glass, 'I shall never, never forget.'

'You will though,' replies the Queen, 'if you don't make a memorandum of it.'

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