More Thoughts on Writing

A friend came to me the other day and said, “I would like to write a children’s story, but I don’t know where to start.”

If you would like to write for children, but don’t quite know how to begin, try this. Read a lot of stories of various kinds written for children. And then experiment by writing some very short stories of your own. Limit each story to one page.

My first short story was an animal story about three bears. It was an anthropomorphic story, where animals behave like humans, living in houses, talking, and wearing clothes. It became part of my “Ollie Bear Series.”

Next, I wrote an animal story about Biddy Bird. It’s a fanciful animal story where animals can talk but live in their natural surroundings. It became part of my set of short stories called “Backyard Friends A to Z : Biddy Bird.”

You may also want to write realistic stories about real people and real animals. I wrote about a real dog, Boomer, who was afraid of thunder and lightening, in one of my mystery books, “Robin’s Roost Club Mysteries : The Lost Dog.”

Besides animal stories, there are other categories you may want to experiment with such as: adventure, fantasy, and mystery. I had so much fun writing “Music Camp Mystery,” that I wrote more children’s mysteries using the same characters, Robin, Susan, and Jeremy from that book. I soon had six chapter books in my “Robin Hill Series.”

Hint #2:
Experiment with writing in different categories, and you will find out which category you like best, and that’s a start.

Remember Hint #1:
Make your first sentence a “grabber.” See my previous blog.

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