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Writing for a Child Audience?

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Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:22 pm
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ChunSquirrelArtiste says...

Hello lovely writers. I have been planning out this fantasy book series for about half a year, and mainly want it to appeal to children ages 10+ (I say mainly because I hope it will appeal to readers of all ages, although that may be a stretch). The main problem I foresee is that my writing style tends to have long, complex sentences, which certainly wouldn't work for the younger kids. I know there also a lot of things that need to or should be changed to appeal to children.

Do you have any advice on writing for a child audience? Please help! :smt003

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Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:52 pm
Rosendorn says...

Three tips:

-Short sentences.
-Younger protagonists
-Make sure the emotional issues aren't so lofty that 10 year olds understand it.

That last point is tricky. Some books only appeal to a younger audience because they skim the surface of emotional issues, while others have embedded multiple layers of emotion into their story that can be understood by a wide variety of ages. It's really up to how "young" you want to make the series.
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Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:21 am
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EnchantedPanda says...

My tips are:

-Keep the description limited and try to use simple adjectives that are easy for your audience to understand.
-Try and limit the characters emotions to ones that your audience can easily relate to.

Don't fret too much though! Just have fun with your writing, afterall you can just edit it afterwards and make it appeal more to whatever audience you're writing for. :) Good luck! :D

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Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:34 am
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Mikko says...

I think you've gotten some pretty good advice already so all I'll say is try to put yourself in the children's shoes - try thinking back to what you used to like as a child.
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Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:18 am
Carlito says...

Find some really great books that have already been published for your target group and read them. Take note of what you think they did well or didn't do well, what you think worked or didn't work, what you liked or didn't like, and try to pinpoint why. Then try to incorporate this knowledge into your own writing. Obviously don't copy what others have done but getting a feel for what is already there and what has or hasn't worked can give you an idea of what you should or shouldn't do.
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