Writing a children’s story will ask for some efforts, creativity and time. But, most of all, you’ll need will to start and finish the story. Knowing that you’re doing this for your little one, you’ll have the drive that will lead you through the process.
Before you even start writing, brainstorm and write down your ideas. Choose the one that you believe will be most suitable for your child, knowing their interests, emotions, attention-keeping endurance and character.
First of all, you should define the age group. If your child is 4 years old, you surely won’t write about a business animal or walking three-digit numbers that your child can’t understand. You should use simple language, short sentences and understandable characters. If your child is older, then adjust the story to their age.
If you can’t find a topic to write on, use your childhood as a source of inspiration. Think of a moment, a funny or a sad one, think of the neighborhood pet or the child that would always sit alone, apart from the rest of the children. Maybe you’ve had a weird or a dangerous day while in primary school, or perhaps you’ve traveled to a city or a country that you’ll never forget.
Stories that have a fantastical moment are always interesting to children, because they give them the freedom they already have and long for through their imagination and dreamy thoughts. Choose something from your everyday life: an object, a person, a creature or a moment and add up some fantasy or unreal moment that will keep your child’s attention high all the time. You can even include your child in the story and give them a superpower, or a skill they want to possess the most.
Now when you know all the basics, pick a theme and work on it. Brainstorm the idea, add and remove characters. You don’t have to create dozen of characters – you can use just one, or two – this will work fine if the plot is interesting and dynamic. Create your main character, make it fun and use features and qualities that will teach your little one to good and human things. Your character should have at least one specific quality or feature. Also, think of the place, time and the way things develop in the story. Make the story dynamic and interesting by adding climax moments in the plot, obstacles, a struggling moment and a solution.