Have you ever desired to write your own children's story but just didn't know how to begin? Here are a few tips that can help you on your way. Whether this is a hobby, for your own children or for future publication, these tips will guide you along your path as a writer.
Things You Will Need
When you first had the desire to write a children's story what was your motivtion? Are you writing these stories to read to your children at bedtime each night? Is this something that you like to do in your spare time? Or would you like to see your name in print when you walk into the children's section of your local bookstore?
Whatever your reason may be for wanting to put your thoughts on paper, these reasons will become your coach to get you through the ups and downs of writing. Each writer needs motivation, so you need to find yours. All forms of motivation are what helps us to achieve our goals!
Here are a few steps that can help you get started.
1. Pick a time during the day when you feel most creative. For many people this time tends to either be early morning or late evening when there are little distractions.
2. Grab your computer or piece of paper and write down themes that you might be interested in. For example you might be interested in writing about morals, teaching self help skills, or simply teaching colors or the alphabet. Decide on an overall topic that you want to portray and go with it.
3. Once you have your ideas spend some time brainstorming those ideas into a more cohesive topic. Perhaps you chose to teach colors and you decide to write a book about a little girl who goes to the beach with her family. You then brainstorm all of your ideas as to what objects and colors she might see there.
4. Write a first draft. Don't stop to work on editing, just write the first thing that comes to your mind.
5. Review what you have written and make notes along the way.
6. Revise. Go back through and make changes that you noticed as you did your review. Correct any spelling errors and add or subtract any parts that you felt were important to update.
7. Depending on your main goal from this children's story will depend on if you have completed this project enough to simply print it out or move on to seeking out a literary agency for submission. Before you complete your story try reading it to a few kids, your own or possibly at a local library or school, to see what kind of feed back you get.
8. Be happy with the work that you have done. Writing is a wonderful form or expressing yourself. It can be very rewarding for both yourself and those who are blessed to hear your story.
Writing children's stories can be as easy as simply writing down your own experiences with your children or stranger's on the street. Ideas for great stories can come for anywhere. Keep your eyes open and a notebook with you for when those amazing ideas strike your fancy. Good luck and enjoy!
Tips & Warnings
1. Be careful of using other people's works in your own. Make it original and you never have to worry!
2. Be patient. Great story ideas may not always easily flow.
3. If you are serious about becoming a writer make sure that you set time aside each day to write, even if it is not on your current story. Being in the habit of writing each day aids your focus and discipline.
4. Let others read your story and allow for constructive criticism.
5. Never let anyone tell you that you are not educated enough to write. Anyone can share their love for writing. It is a passion, not a degree.