What are some fundamental ideas for writing a children's novel?


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Some fundamental ideas for writing a children’s novel include embracing drama, cultivating immaturity and relaxing standards of grammar. Storytelling elements are similar between adult and young adult fiction, but children’s writers must approach writing from a youthful perspective.

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Young adult writers often write in an exaggerated manner in order to mimic the dramatic perspectives of their young protagonists. Teens and children typically have a difficult time expressing themselves and resort to hyperbole to get their point across. Writers can indicate the stress and frustration of youth by presenting an overly dramatized view of the world.

Similarly, writers should not be afraid to make their protagonists immature, petty, rash or any of the other qualities that characterize youth. Young protagonists, like their readers, are often focused almost entirely on themselves. They may behave irrationally or judge quickly, only learning from their experiences after mistakes have been made. Young protagonists should not be overly self-aware, but they should learn to recognize the consequences of their actions.

Young adult writers typically employ more lenient standards of grammar and syntax when narrating their work. Less formal grammar helps create a more convincing, youthful tone that draws in readers. As long as the sentences are understandable, looser grammar can make for a unique, more engaging narrative.

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