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Sep 18 2009

More Ideas About How to Write for Kids

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I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.

Tom first addressed how to write for readers aged 8-13 here.  Here are more suggestions. 

1.  Don’t make your language more complicated than necessary.  I don’t think that you need to dumb down your vocabulary, but your book must be easy to read.  If your readers struggle with twisting sentences and flowery language, they will probably put down the book.  That’s particularly important if your book is meant to be read as entertainment (read: not assigned in classes).  

2.  Relatability is key.  This does not mean that your protagonist has to be a 8-13 year old student facing typical school issues.  But something about the character and his struggles has to resonate with readers.  Hopefully there are at least some parallels between what your characters are facing that will make it feel familiar to your audience.  For example, Luke Skywalker argued with his uncle about argued with his uncle over where he’d go to school and what he’d study.  I think that relatability is always important, but it’s particularly tricky for authors writing for young readers because the readers don’t have as many life experiences to relate things to– they’ve never had a job and they’ve only seen one side of family life, for example.  So, if the characters are removed from a school-like environment, the relationships are probably critical.  For example, kids can’t relate to the life of a superhero per se, but The Incredibles and (to some extent) Fantastic Four tried to make it relatable by focusing on the family angle. 

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Sep 18 2009

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