Writing a children’s book is easy: Seriously?

How are children’s authors looked upon? From my experience early on not very well. In fact at one writer’s meeting a fellow author scoffed and said he could write a children’s book in one night. There was nothing to it. I was so stun I did not have a come back remark. Of course after as I was driving home I came up with a lot. This was not the only time I was made to feel this genre was easy peasy.

That ticks me off. According to reports this genre is one of the hardest to write in. You have to write it in a language that is not above their hands or beneath them. The dialogue has to be just right.

Ask a kid to read your book. If they don’t like it by page two they drop it and look for another book. Most adults will at least carry on to the end of the chapter.

My very first children’s book I had kids from a daycare look it over and the reviews were hard to hear but I welcomed them for they gave me what I needed to fix it. Have an adult write a children’s book yeah you can critique it but not through the eyes of a child.

A children’s book is like any other book. You have to have plots, characters and a time line that works together and not fall apart. You still need to revise, edit and revise again. You still need to come up with a cover that shines on your work. You still need to sent it through your beta and critique groups.

But aft all this it finally hit me on how to reply the next time I hear this.

If you think writing a children’s book is so easy go for it. I mean it. Go for it. After we will talk. But only after.

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How to make your site pop: Videos and pictures

I have read that to make a post pop, on your social platform, that a good way is to include videos or images. I do find that when I go to a site if either or both are present I will be more engaged compared to if it is just text.

So, I been trying to find relevant things to include. With me having a children series based on my parrot, that we rescued and adopted, there is no shortage of pictures or videos. When I have shown these to children their amazement is very apparent as you hear, “Wow,” “Look how pretty that bird is,” “He has so many colors,” and so on. It is a nice learning experience for them as well.

While I can’t bring him to shows, safety reasons and all, I do bring things in place of that. This can include pictures, videos and some of his feathers, that has fallen off naturally, which is always a big hit.

But how often can be too much? That is something I am trying to figure out.

My latest video is of him during one of his shower times. It helps living with one’s main character to the children’s series I write. It gives you a deep insight into their personality when you have an one on one relationship with them.

It’s not okay to be a pantser: Oh, really?

 

Have you ever been reading a book and you come across something that just stops you cold? And than you wonder how will I review this now?

That has happened to me on a few occasions. But I never read one that on writing that did that to me.

My current book, to read and review, said basically to try to not be a pantser. You will paint yourself into a corner without having a outline and will be stuck.

I’m a pantser. I rarely do outlines. They slow me down and to be honest I do better to just sitting down, writing and than figuring it out later. I know I am not the only one.

I get why someone might say that especially if that is what has happened to you or you know someone who has experience that. It is not everyone’s way of writing.

I get it. I do.

Still, the fact that this book was basically putting writers who do this in the corner and going, “No, no and I said no,” made me riled up.

There is a place for both in the world of writing. To think that ever single person who is a writer will outline I find not plausible. There is room for both of us.

How will I review this book? I suspect exactly how I do all reviews. I will give a synopsis of the book and afterwards will write what I feel readers should know about it.