Writing for Children

Many writers think that writing for children is easier than writing for adults. Consequently, they begin their writing careers writing for kids with the goal of switching to “real writing” for adults once they’ve learned the techniques. 

The truth is that writing for children is more difficult than writing for adults. The children’s writer must not only know the techniques of good writing. She must also understand child development and the current generation of children. 

Writing for children demands the best of our writing efforts, as does writing for adults. Children are, after all, little people and deserve the same writing respect we give to adults.

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  1. Amen and amen!! It IS harder, writing for children. You need to take a 5,000 word story and tell it in 800 words. Every word counts. And they need to be kid-friendly words.

    Nope, writing for children is tough.

    August 14, 2009 at 7:16 AM