Finding the Words

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Writing about children? July 10, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — itsy @ 5:02 pm

Okay, here’s another thing I’m having trouble with. One of the characters in my book is a young boy about 8 years old. I want to write a short story about two kids, a girl of, say 5, and a boy of about 7 or 8. So… how do I do it? I don’t have a lot of experience with kids, and so I’m at a loss. How do they think? How do they move? Feel? Act? Emote? I guess I have to spend some time with kids. Maybe I should start kid-sitting again.

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2 Responses to “Writing about children?”

  1. Read. And read some more. Go to your local library or bookstore and read books like the one you’re planning.
    Also read some how-to books on the craft of writing. Your librarian can help with that.
    Then start writing and keep writing until you’re faily happy with the results. Find a critique group. I never send anything out until my group has seen it. It’s amazing how your manuscript sounds when someone else is reading it out loud.
    Good Luck!

  2. jadepark Says:

    William Trevor writes some great children. And so does James Baldwin. Children are hard to write, particularly in first person but it can be done.


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