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Adventures in Writing for Children
|Adventures in Writing for Children
More Tips from an Award-Winning Author on the Art and Business of Writing Children’s Books and Publishing Them
By Aaron Shepard
Shepard Publications: Friday Harbor, Washington (2015)
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Reviewed by Anna Dogole - May 31, 2016
Aaron Shepard is a children's book author and writing teacher who has written several outstanding books on writing. His newest book for adults is Adventures in Writing for Children, and it is a must-have book for anyone interested in writing fiction for children.
Adventures in Writing for Children will not teach you everything that you need to know about writing for children but it does provide the studious reader with a solid foundation upon which to build their craft. Shepard touches upon such basics as plotting your story, writing dialogue, learning how to 'retell' old legends and stories, and how to connect with young readers. He also touches upon the business side of writing, from how to get permission to use/reprint an extract from an existing text to record keeping and how to budget your time. Samples of various business forms are also included. Best of all, excerpts from several children's stories are included to illustrate the concepts being discussed in the text.
Be aware. This book is a compilation of articles written by Shepard. As such, the information in this book is not presented in as cohesive a manner as it might have been. This is not to criticize the book. I really like Adventures in Writing for Children and came away from my reading with a lot of useful information. It is just that the chapters in it do jump around a bit. However, if you are willing to overlook this slight flaw, you will discover, as I did, that this book has a lot of advice to offer writers.
While the techniques of writing for adults and children have many similarities - there are also many differences. As such, while this book is geared more toward new writers, seasoned writers making the transition from writing books for adults to writing books for children, will also find this book invaluable.
All in all, Adventures in Writing for Children is a useful tool for new writers who are interested in writing for children. This book will give you a very general feel for the industry, and teach you some basics on how to structure your story. Using this book as a foundation, you will be able to start identifying those areas that you need to explore in greater detail and to begin building some solid writing skills that will support you through your writing career!
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