The Children’s Writer’s Guide examines how you can get started as a writer, create time and space to pursue your craft and deal with lack of motivation and writers block. Topics covered include where ideas come from and how writers turn them into stories, choosing names for characters that are appropriate to the story, the importance of historical research if your novel is set in a different era, writing science fiction and fantasy, and the use of magic in stories for children.
The guide examines the role of editing and revision and how to deal with what is often the inevitable process of rejection, at least until good fortune comes your way. I also recount some of my experiences with marketing and promotion, such as book launches and in-store signings, websites, blogs, and social media, and discusses presentations, workshops and author-in-residence programs at schools and libraries.
Targeted Age Group:: Adults
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve been working as an author of novels for children and young adults since 2003 and wanted to write a book featuring tips and advice for new and aspiring authors in the genre. I also wanted to offer advice on marketing and promotion, such as school visits, book signings, promotional events and so on, that other authors and illustrators might enjoy reading about.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
There appears to be an endless number of sites on the web offering advice on writing, concerning where to get ideas, character development, point of view, working in different genres, story structure, the editing process, how to capture the attention of publishers and agents and so on. And yet one of the most frequently asked questions, especially for beginners, is “How do I actually get started with my writing?” It may seem like a very simple question, but if you can’t get started, how can you ever make use of all these great tips that published writers, or at least very knowledgeable and prolific ones, offer all the time?
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