I'm going to share with you 3 extraordinary strategies to empower your writing skills that inspire you how to write childrens books.
Strategy #1 on How to Write Childrens Books: 10 Minutes Free Flow Writing
The most powerful strategy on how to write childrens books is to begin writing for 10 minutes every day, on a blank piece of paper or on your computer, in Note Pad or MS Word, or a similar program.
This is called free-flow writing, where you just write and write and write for the entire 10 minutes. Not 9 minutes, not 8 minutes, the entire 10 minutes.
Why is 10 minutes important? Because after 5 or 6 minutes, you're liable to feel you've written all you can write and want to give up.
Don't quit, keep writing, this is where the good stuff really begins to show up.
Forget punctuation, forget spelling, forget grammar, that comes later.
Let the words flow onto paper, no editing, just total freedom of expression that most kids and adults have no idea about when it comes to writing.
What makes this method so powerful?
It gets you, the writer, out of your head, i.e., your left brain, which is your analytical, thinking brain, the one where all the doubts and worries, fears and concerns, live.
Instead, when you write for 10 minutes without thinking, where you just let the words sprawl onto the page, you write from your creative right brain, which is where your feeling, intuitive, trusting side dwells.
Interesting ideas, but "What do I write about, you're thinking?"
Brainstorm by yourself for 3-10 minutes. That means you let loose all sorts of wild and crazy, unrealistic, far fetched ideas and fantasies, again it's free flowing.
No need to censor or stop the ideas from flowing. You'll do that later.
If you're not familiar with Mind Mapping, the quick, easy, free flowing way for you to create a whole range of ideas in a short time period about what your childrens book will be about, follow the previous link.
Got all your ideas down? You did do the brainstorming and mind mapping, right?
Choose one idea you're like to further explore.
Once you have an idea, that's when you begin writing for the 10 minutes. You write about anything that comes to your mind, i.e.,
how you're feeling,
why you're unhappy with so and so...,
anything and everything about your idea.
If you find yourself writing something that has nothing to do with your idea, the one you selected above, bring yourself back to the idea and keep writing.
This is how you're learning how to write childrens books, i.e., by actually writing!
Remember how creative a writer you once were?
Before schools, classrooms, teachers, bosses, college professors, made you focus on grammar, punctuation, spelling, making it right and perfect, that they drove your creativity underground.
Now, you're reclaiming your creativity and watch out world!
Strategy #2 on How to Write Childrens Books: Read Kids Books
If you're intent and purposeful about writing, you must know what children like in childrens books. As obvious as it sounds, it's imperative for you to read books by authors you like.
Soon, I'll be adding one of my favorite authors for childrens books that I'd forgotten about. I'm talking about the incomparable Roald Dahl, who wrote the classic book James and the Giant Peach, among many of his outstanding books.
Remember, if you need ideas about different authors of kids books, ask your local librarian.
Research online. Start now. Remember, action is required for success. Your action, no one can teach you how to write childrens books until you're ready to act.
Strategy #3 on How to Write Childrens Books: Persevere, Persevere, Persevere
Why is perseverance so important?
Here's two empowering quotes:"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another." --Walter Elliott
"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance." --Samuel Johnson