Contributed by: Emiliene Alemkeng
Writing a kid’s story is more difficult to write than we can perceive. This is because getting kids’ attention in reading a book is really challenging as they have lots of other things like games and television programs which they can entertain themselves with. However, here are some key elements you need to consider when writing children’s story.
Capture interest from the cover of your book
Kids don’t have patient to find interest in the middle or even at the end of a story. If kids don’t catch interest from the cover or the first page of the book, they will automatically lose interest in reading the book. In order to capture their attention, create captivating images on the cover of your book. Also think of a story that will be interesting right from the first page. You can create the story in the form of a song that they can tune form the beginning.
Use simple and clear English
You have to be conscious that you are writing for children so the clearer and simpler the language, the better for them to understand. If you use high grammar in your writing, the kids will find difficulties in understanding and they will get bored leaving them with no option than to look for something else to entertain themselves. So use the language that suits their level.
Some writers might think that children’s stories don’t need conflict and suspense perhaps because they are still young but that should not be the case. These children also have challenges and fears they encounter daily so their characters too should face challenges and overcome them at the end so that the children reading could read as a source of encouragement when they are facing difficulties.
Provide a concrete message.
The children reading your book should feel and believe that you are talking to them directly. Extent a message to them that they can follow up till the end of your story. Give them a message or advice that can make them overcome obstacles. Teach, correct and advise them on life experiences through your message.
Children’s attention is quickly reached-out when we use pictures to explain better what we put in words. Create conflicting images in the beginning of each page of your books so that they can visualise the action they are about to read and will certainly read it through. In some cases, use more pictures and don’t write much.
Edited by: Nicholine Akou