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How to write a book for children

How to write a book for children

July 7, 2016 - By Sam Mann

Successful children's author Giles Paley-Phillips shares his tips on how to write a children's book.

Author Giles Paley-Phillips shares is top tips for writing a children's book.

1. Always Carry a pen/pencil and notebook

I always carry notebook around with me, just in case an idea suddenly pops into my head, or I over hear an interesting conversation. Something that doesn't seem significant at the time, might prove to be inspirational later, so try and think like a writer, commit stuff to paper and get writing! 

2. Write about stuff you know and like

It's important to think about your writing being about you and for you, imagine yourself as the reader. Writing about stuff you know and like will bring out a passion in your writing and this will fuel not only your enjoyment in writing it, but also in reading it.

3. Read lots!

Read, read, read and read some more. Seeing how others write is a great way of honing our own craft. Reading can capture your imagination and great writing can inspire you. So keep reading!

4. Don't panic!

There will be some days when your in the zone and the words pour out and there will be other days,  where you are just staring blankly at the screen, it's important when this happens to re-focus on something else, so, take a walk or watch a movie, our brains need a break from time to time and going back to a manuscript after a break can really help you re-evaluate what you've been writing.

5. Don't give up

Remember to always believe in yourself and your writing and don't give up, if your passionate about what your writing, then it stands to reason someone else will feel the same, so keep going, perseverance is really half the battle.

About Giles:

His book 'The Fearsome Beastie' (Maverick Arts Publishing) has now sold over 70,000 copies and won The People's Book Prize 2012 and The Heart Of Hawick Children's Book Award 2013, Bizziebaby Gold Award and was Highly Commended in The Forward National Literature Award in the US, It was also Shortlisted for The Rotherham Children's Awards 2012. 

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