How To Write Children's Fiction Chapter Books

In this post, we go over five crucial tips on how to write children's fiction chapter books.

5 Tips on How To Write Children's Fiction Chapter Books

Here are tips you want to keep in mind when you're writing children's fiction chapter books:

Parents buy your books

Children may ask to read your book, but most parents limit what their kids read. Your story needs to be suitable for the age group you're writing for.

Your characters must be real, easy to like, and good for kids. The ideas and themes you use in your story should interest kids and adults.

For example, a parent might think twice about buying your book for their child if the characters are too naughty.

Parents know that children tend to be impressionable. Children learn from their parents, at school, and from the stories they read or watch on TV. They often try to be like their heroes or favorite characters. Keep this in mind when you are creating your stories.

Children as your audience

Spending time with kids and observing them is the best way to find out what they will like.

Spend some time reading well-known books for kids, but don't use them as a guide. Keep in mind that books from over a decade ago were geared towards children who had a different upbringing than children who are growing up now.

Kids these days start using iPhones, iPads, and computers very young. If your story takes place in the modern world, your characters can also have access to these tools so that your target audience can better relate to them.

Add illustrations

Nothing beats a child's imagination, but a picture book lets them take in the story through words and illustrations.

If you decide that a picture book is the best way to tell your story, you should know that picture books have fewer words than chapter books. That means the length of your story will be less.

Don't forget, though, that your book will need a clear beginning, middle, and end, as well as a plot, structure, and characters. The only difference is that the pictures in your book will help the story, make it bigger, and give kids a visual way to experience the book with their imaginations.

Remember that picture books are for younger kids who are still learning to read.

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Clear writing style

Your book should have a rich, vivid writing style to spark the child's imagination.

Kids get tired of long sentences, long descriptions, and constructions that are full of metaphors.

So, you should use clear language, not make your sentences too long, and don't write long descriptions in long paragraphs.

The first-person point of view can also be hard for kids to understand. If your audience isn't very experienced, it's best to write from a third-person point of view.

Add some magic

Add some magic to your story. It could be the town or house your characters live in, or it could be a mysterious object that takes them to a different world. There are a lot of options.

A little magic in the everyday world will capture children's imaginations, and make them want to live in that world and read more.

Does magic have to make sense? No, not always. Think about Pippi Longstocking, who seems magical even though the narrator never says so.

Here are resources I recommend to get more in-depth knowledge

Storytelling 101 teaches you how to write compelling stories worthy of commercial success. This is best for screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, videogame writers and storytellers.

Children’s Books 101 teaches you how to write stories that children will love. This is best for aspiring children’s book authors and storytellers.

Owl AI is the revolutionary AI-powered content production platform that helps storytellers, writers, and bloggers of all subject matter easily create highly-polished content.

Success, Money & Mindset Subliminal is a self-hypnosis recording that we recommend to new writers to help with focus, concentration, creativity, and motivation.

Shadow Work Journal: 240 Daily Prompts contains inner work exercises related to relationships, anger, anxiety, self-love, healing trauma, abandonment issues, depression, forgiveness, etc.

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