Write a Kids Story

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Having a creative mind will take you to places, but having a child's mind, well, it will take you to a child's dream. A dream full of fairies, magic, princesses, unicorns, castles and everything included in the TV series Once Upon A Time and Grimm's Fairy-tales. So take a leap of faith and enter the magical world of stories YOU can create to indulge a child's mind. Yes, fairy-tales and fantasy stories always catch a child's attention. In fact, a bedtime story is considered by a lot of them as a reward for being such a good kid. "Eat your veggies and I will read you a story book before bed." A nice motivation to get them like vegetables.

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Story books also play a vital role in a young child's mind. The influence is too great that they believe most things they read or hear from a kid story book. It is then a challenge for story writers to come up with a fun, catchy and 'powerful' plot for each story.

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This article can give you some tips on how you can to write a good kids story you could ever make. Read more.


Writing a Kid Story

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    Reality is overrated, and so is wonderland.
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    The real world is too cruel for a child's imagination, but so as with the fairy tale world. Humans die because of execution, as well as with the knights. What difference does it make? In a child's story, you must consider ditching the gory details. Try using euphemisms, but don't overuse it. You don't want a child to have a violent mind, do you? This is where creativity enters. Fighting can be presented in a lighter way.
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    Bad things are not permanent, but good things are.
    As the classic cliche for kids stories goes; evil never wins over goodness. There would always be good things behind bad things. It's the way of the world. But do a child favor and make it subtle. Come up with a major conflict that will make the characters almost fall apart. Get them develop this as one of their life principles- do good and you'll be rewarded. Do something bad and you'll get a punishment for it.
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    Every choice leads to good things, right?
    In bedtime stories, even wrong decisions seem to be right. In the real world, a wrong move leads to wrong or bad endings. Of course you don't want a child to think that every choice (even if it's wrong) leads to good things. You have to consider first the scenario where the choices take place. For example, the Prince has a choice to execute the Evil Queen or put her in jail - so what makes a better option for a child? Of course it is one that is a little more humanitarian for kids. if you have to choose between two evils, choose the lesser evil. Yes, to put the Evil Queen in jail. Make them realize that even bad deeds need to be punished but you do not need to be that evil.
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    To believe or not to believe, that's the question.
    The key to fiction stories is to make the reader realize the message behind the stories. It's not a question whether the reader believes the concept or the plot of the story, but if the reader believes the message behind it. Fiction stories are made to make the people realize something that can't be seen with the naked eye. There is always a surprise of realization behind happy ever after stories.
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    Sugar, spice and everything nice make a princess as cold as ice.
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    Make unique characters. It doesn't mean that you have to eliminate the princesses and princes, but just make them unique. Do away a little from the traditional feminine princesses and princes as the knight in shining armor. Why not create a princess who is fierce or a prince with a cold heart for a change?
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    Good things must come to an end … NOT!
    Of course, the key words are "Happily Ever After". You have to make the reader believe that everyone can achieve happiness at the end but the the lesson learned form the story doesn't just end there; that the happy ever after is just a beginning of another chapter of the story. Make them believe that happiness is forever if they will just learn to value it.
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Other Things to Consider When Writing a Kid Story

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    The Age.
    The level of understanding varies on the age. A book could be very interesting for a three-year-old kid but not foe one who's already seven. So if you want a catchy story, define your specific readership.
    • For ages 3-5. make use of sentences which are not too complex. Kids this age would love to read or hear of stories about adventure, warriors, heroes and villains. For this readership, some traits that needs to be emphasized are honesty, obedience to parents, generosity, friendliness and love for family.
    • For ages. You can make use of broader words now but you still have to be very careful. Stories are now longer which may talk about the difference between doing good and bad, fantasy, acquiring new skills or coping with challenges. Put a little more adventure into their minds like maybe coming up with a story or a section the story where the main character got lost and found his or her home with a winged dragon.
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    Kids are visual.
    If you might have noticed most kid story books have illustrations or images on them. Kids love to look at drawings so one way to attract them more to read the book is adding colorful illustrations. Girls would love to see photos of a very beautiful princess in her very elegant princess gown while boys knights or winged creatures.
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    Brainstorm, brainstorm and brainstorm.
    Before you even attempt to start on your story, you should already have plot in mind. It will also help if you ask kids themselves on what they want to read in the next story they would want to read. Ask them some questions and you would be surprised to get some ideas from their innocent answers.
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    Have an outline.
    While brainstorming, it will help to have an outline. take notes of all the things you get from brainstorming, develop them until it gets solid for a story.
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    When you are done with your story, let other people read over it.
    This will give you an idea on how your readers feel during and after going over your material. You too may want to ask them what part needs revision, which they like the most and how it can be fixed.
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  • Keep trying. When your first few materials get rejected, keep trying. Besides even the best authors of our days have failed once, twice or even more before they finally got their book published.
  • Be sure to have the proper format when submitting to publishers. You should make use of Times New Roman Font with in size 12.
  • Make a story close to reality, but not so close that you' forgetting the element of creativity. Do not let your reader stop exploring their imaginations. When you can make your readers imagine, this means that you are doing a very good descriptive job.
  • Remember that every story you're creating is for the readers to see something they can be optimistic about despite obstacles they face.
  • Write with love, because readers can feel it. Do not just write for your paycheck; the result would not be good. Write with your heart and you'll create a masterpiece.
  • Create characters that the kids will identify with. Just make sure that in the course of the story, lead character's life will come to a happy end. Kids always love happy endings.
  • A kid's story should not be too lengthy because kids have short attention spans. Make it short but not too short that main events of the story would not be highlighted well.
  • Create adult characters in the story that are respected by the kids, not only the villain or the gory monster type. Create a semblance of pleasant reality into the story.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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