What’s the secret of writing compelling children’s books? Learn tips from Emily Lim, an award-winning children’s author in Singapore. Watch the short video below for details.
- Be Less of a “Tell-Tale”
Don’t narrate. Add dialogue, show action and create an emotional connection with your reader.
- Strong Beginning
A compelling beginning will keep the reader turning your pages.
- Hopeful Ending
Children need hope.
- Greater Purpose
Don’t try to write a bestseller; try to write a “hope-seller.”
- Memorable Characters
Characters should be realistic, relatable and possess a special quality that makes them stand out.
- Character Wisdom
Your characters need to grow in wisdom. No one is all good or all bad. A good character should have flaws. A bad character should have saving graces.
- Clarity in Conflict and Resolution
A good story has a clear story problem with solutions. Resolve your conflict satisfactorily by the end.
- Faith in Your Reader
Don’t talk down to a child reader, don’t moralize as you write. You’re a writer, not a preacher. Have faith that your reader will take away some of your message.
- Truthful Voice
Be authentic. Avoid cliches. Be true to why you’re writing.
Check out Emily Lim’s blog.