My age is not an age for giving advice. Much less advice about literature and much, much less, about children's literature and how to write children's stories. I say this because I believe that of all types of literature, it has been children's literature that has raised the simplest and at the same time the deepest issues of human existence.

Let me just share with you some ideas, which might be useful for those interested in writing children's literature; simple ideas derived from my work and that perhaps could be ideas of how to write stories for children.

How to write stories for children

1. Save yourself from infantilism

One of the things I try to watch out for is childishness in language. That is, one thing is children's literature and another is infantilism, which treats the child as someone who cannot understand or who is limited in some way. Never underestimate the abilities of children.

2. Write for wise

I think that when you write for children, you have to think that you are really writing for wise men. How to talk to a little girl or a little sage? That's the tricky thing about writing for kids. Perhaps it is the great challenge of children's literature to find the appropriate tone to speak to such venerable beings.

3. The subject can be any

The topic? Well life. Discoveries. There is always a moment in life when one discovers things for the first time. And I think that's what children's literature should be: a treasure, a source of discoveries for children. So the subject can be any ... whatever life is. Other subjects outside of that would interest a wise person?

4. Simply wonderful

Talk to the children about what you really believe in; of what is truly wonderful for you. And let your own amazement flood the children's eyes. If you write about something that is not amazing to you, you will hardly be able to surprise someone, not even an adult. To amaze anything goes: give voice to animals, give life to objects, create new worlds if necessary. If something is small, make it very small. If something is big then describe it as giant. Add an extra leg, or a third eye if necessary, but when you tell it, tell it from the heart, tell it as telling your truth and little by little you will discover how to write stories for children.

5. Don't be a mystic in your work (especially if you are not a mystic)

I particularly discard the issues that have to do with superheroes, ghosts, gods, even the ancestral ones. I've never felt good talking to children about those things that I don't believe in; It has always seemed a bit immoral to me. With children you have to be honest and it is not fair to talk to them about things or even values ​​in which we really do not believe.

6. Be a libertarian in your work (if you are a libertarian)

But if instead you are libertarian, anti-authoritarian, make your stories speak of what you are. You do the world a great favor by making libertarian stories. You do great good by giving the world less obedience and more rebellion. Don't be afraid to talk about freedom in your stories. Outside there are many adults with fear of freedom that surround children. Don't be one more. Your stories may offend some of those adults or say that your stories are too strong for a child. But I have good news for you: children are not offended by freedom.

7. Don't seek to indoctrinate

Indoctrinating tales are a failure. They're terrible... Even if his message has goodwill and is disguised among the verdicts of history, a moderately critical reader will be able to know what a story was written for. For example... books to learn how to go to the bathroom... books to love God... books to learn the name of vowels, etc. They work well as educational cards... but they're far from childish literature. In short: no indoctrines, it simply counts and little by little you will discover how children's stories are written.

8. Don't be afraid to erase

To know how to write you have to know how to delete. Write and delete as many times as necessary. The school places special emphasis on writing... but little to erase. And it's critical to do so. Change the order, move, go from front to back, paraphrase. It's not always better as you first wrote it.

9. Stay away for a while

The dough is left to rest to make a good bread. When you write, pull him as far as you can. if it doesn't give you more don't write anymore. Hold on. Return to the text when you deem it necessary and read it as if it were the first time you read it. If you're capable, forget you wrote it yourself.

10. Tell your own story

Read aloud. If possible, record it as if some narrator told it. And this is very
important: if reading does not flow aloud, much less silent reading will flow. Rewrite, remove the unnecessary, debug and add where it is missing. Tell the story to others without reading the story. A good story can be summed up as you sometimes tell a good movie to someone who hasn't seen it.

11. When you finish typing...

When you feel like you're done, start another story, as Cherezada told her stories so she wouldn't die. Keep writing for a thousand and one nights or more.

I hope that these tips on how to write children's stories will be useful for all those who are interested in dedicating their time and work to children's literature.

Photography by: JeremyOK. Flickr. Creative Commons.

Comments

  • Maya said:

    Me han sido muy útiles estos consejos.Estoy escribiendo mi primer cuento para niños, viviéndolo, disfrutándolo y esto me ha reafirmado.
    Intento huir de lo que me rechinaba de los contenidos de algunos cuentos que leía con mis hijos cuando eran pequeños.

    Muchas gracias

    January 08, 2021

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  • Anabella said:

    Hola, escribí un cuento muy lindo lo mande a algunas editoriales argentinas. Pero algunas no me respondieron y solo 2 me dijieron que hacen concurso. Me gustaría saber si hay otra manera de exponer mi cuenta sin esperar las respuestas de laa editoriales. Gracias

    January 08, 2021

  • Marianela said:

    Agradecida por su aporte, aún cuando no estoy de acuerdo en su totalidad, pero si en su fondo.
    Escribo cuentos educativos, soy profesora y me encanta escribir de las vivencias de los niños
    Es de esperar que nunca se nos acabe la creatividad e imaginación

    January 08, 2021

  • Juana said:

    Bastante general, pero basicas ideas que todo escritor debe tener en cuenta

    January 08, 2021

  • Yovana said:

    Gracias por las palabras… Muy precisa.

    January 08, 2021

  • Maria José González said:

    Felicitaciones, extraordinarios consejos.
    Desde hace algún tiempo, he sido una apasionada al leer, narrar e inventar cuentos e historias fabuladas, lo cual fue en aumento al hacerme madre.
    Llegué a uds, por recomendación de uno de mis hijos, al verlos en el programa shark tank, me recomendó visitar su página.
    Felicitaciones, espero algún día poder publicar con uds!
    Han desarrollado un concepto extraordinario y revolucionario.

    January 08, 2021

  • Agradable concejo said:

    Para escribir hay que trasladarse a su mundo de los niños

    January 08, 2021

  • Jobita said:

    Excelente artículo! Destapó mi cerebro 🧠

    January 08, 2021

  • Nelson said:

    Excelente guía.

    January 08, 2021

  • Jimena said:

    Gracias por sus consejos.
    El mundo infantil es mágico
    Es bello ver sus ojos,sus expresiones cuando leen o escuchan un cuento.
    Nada más puro que los niños..
    Saludos

    January 08, 2021

  • Danilo said:

    Gracias. Por sus consejos
    Nunca he escrito un cuento
    Pero ultimamente me llueven Las ideas para cuentos infantile es como si se despertara el niño que llego dentro😊….lo voy ha intentar.
    No me he puesto un plan horario ni nada por el estilo.
    No tengo absolutanente nada de experiencia en la creation literaria por ello primero estoy
    Leyendo material que alumbre mi caminar ….1000000 de GRACIAS POR SU VALIOSA AYUDA……🖐

    January 08, 2021

  • Stephanie Calderón said:

    Graciaaaas por estos tips, están increíbles, el blog no tiene autor, pero me gustaron y seguro me van a servir un montón. Gracias

    January 08, 2021

  • Byron Luis Vacca Pertuz said:

    Gracias por los sabios consejos, Son un plus para mis escritos, gracias. Bendiciones.

    January 08, 2021

  • Socorro Muñoz said:

    Excelentes consejos, gracias

    January 08, 2021


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