how to write a children's book

How To Write A Children’s Book

Writing a children’s book should be a joy – so let’s do it right!

There is probably no more creatively satisfying enterprise than writing a children’s book. If you get it right, the pleasure you give will be vast, may even last a lifetime.

If you want to learn how to write a children’s book, then just walk through the advice below. We’ve helped A LOT of writers with their work … including some kids’ authors who have gone on to sell a million or more copies of their work. So get stuck in – and have fun!

Writing children’s or YA fiction

Writing for children is thrilling and exciting. Here are some quick links to get you started with your exploration.

How to have ideas and inspiration

Nothing is harder to come by than inspiration, and it’s not enough to be inspired, you need a concept a publisher is also likely to get excited by.

Story, plot and pacing

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Character

Any good story needs strong, convincing characters to populate it. Even if you’re writing a true story (a memoir, for example), you need to bring your characters to life on the page. Here’s how to do it:

Prose style and editing your work

Sentences need to matter as much to you as paint does to a painter. And remember that good writing is usually good re-writing, so be prepared to put in the hours.

Our guides:

Next steps for writing a children’s book

Have we remembered to mention that writing a book is quite hard?

After you’ve read up on advice for writing a children’s book, help is at hand, if you need it from us.

You can:

  • Seek editorial feedback on your work. We work with partial manuscripts, as well as complete ones.
  • Consider our course on children’s writing. It’s online, so you’ll be able to work around commitments.
  • Come to our events like the Festival of Writing to meet literary agents in person and pitch your manuscript. Signing up to our mailing lists you’ll be first to hear announcements.

Or just send us an email with any more questions you have. And happy writing!

Free plotting worksheets

Make the hardest part of writing easier