Write Storybooks For Children Blog
Welcome to our writing for children blog! Here you’ll find our latest articles, news and updates from the world of children’s literature. The information shared on this blog has been designed to complement the training, tools, tips and techniques you’ll discover inside our award-winning Write Storybooks for Children online course and offer you continued support in your journey to becoming a successful children’s writer!
December is finally here and it’s definitely the season to be jolly! The halls are decked, wine is mulled and the lights are twinkling, so the only thing left is to announce our fabulously festive competitions. We all love a #GuessThatStory challenge, so this...read more
Once Upon a Time: Writing Fractured Fairy Tales A fairy tale is a traditional short story which features magical or fantastical elements, like dragons, witches, ogres, talking animals and magic. They aren't necessarily tied to particular locations or real events, but...read more
The nights are getting longer, the days colder and the urge to curl up with a good story book is getting stronger. It can only mean one thing… it’s time for our annual Winter Writing Competition! Writing Challenge Once upon a time, before the printing press and spread...read more
Food for Thought; Helpful Hints for Writing about Thanksgiving! The new year is fast approaching, and you may already be itching to get that tree up. But, there’s still one day of celebration we can’t forget about; Thanksgiving! Just like Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving...read more
With autumn nights drawing in closer, a certain spooktacular celebration is right around the corner! This Halloween discover plenty of treats with a little hint of trickery as you sink your teeth into these sweet reads! We've previously written about all things scary,...read more
What a day! We received hundreds and hundreds of entries for our World Book Day competition, so thank you to everyone who has taken part! We loved reading every entry; there’s nothing that makes us happier than watching everyone embrace the joy that reading can bring....read more
It’s World Book Day today! To celebrate, we are running a brand new competition on the hour, every hour! There’s loads of chances to win some amazing prizes worth £1000’s, so be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to join in on the fun – Good luck!...read more
This February, we are spreading the love in your direction… Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and there’s no denying that it’s the season of love! For many of you, this may be your very first Valentine’s with Write Romance Fiction, but instead of giving out...read more
Write Story Books For Children: Christmas Short Story Writing Competition 2017 Competition: Missi’s Festive or Winter Adventure. A few months back WriteStoryBooksForChildren decided to put your new found writing skills to the test in their short story...read more
Write Short Stories For Children Competition! Christmas 2017 Exciting News! Therefore, this Christmas, it seemed fitting that we see out the year in style, by introducing a 'write short stories for children' competition! We have decided to put your writing skills to...read more
Inspirational Female Authors If you’ve turned on the news or opened a paper, you’ll surely know that today is International Women’s Day! Every year on March 8th, people gather to celebrate, campaign, raise awareness and fight for gender parity across the world,...read more
Why are we talking about cats in books on a writing blog? Because it’s World Cat Day! So many stories are full of cat companions or even as protagonists themselves, so we’ve put together a list of our favourites. The only thing second to real life cats are the ones in...read more
Winter is Coming: Writing about Wintery Worlds. All across the land, bright lights illuminating our streets, there’s a sharp nip in the air, and walking bundles of scarves and woollen coats dash about the streets, hurrying to get out of the cold: winter is...read more
Christmas Competition Winners 12 Days of Christmas; Winners Announcement Father Christmas certainly has come early to the Write Storybooks office; our students certainly have been getting into the spirit of the season and our inbox has been full to the brim with...read more
Descriptive Storytelling Tips for Bonfire Night Halloween might be finished up for another year, but there’s one more annual celebration before we start decking the halls and practicing our carol singing. This coming Saturday, the 5th of November, marks Bonfire...read more
Writing for Halloween The witching hour approaches! Whatever your thoughts on Halloween, everyone, very deep down, loves to be frightened. There is something special about the thrill of the unknown, not quite knowing what is lurking around the corner, but plucking up...read more
Special Company Announcement! A new Mascot is born… Digital Sea Limited has a new furry friend and mascot! We hope you will join in the fun this weekend by playing ‘Guess the Name’. The winner will receive a gift voucher (of their choice) to any of Digital Sea...read more
When writing plots for children, a common subject is one where the main character is involved in a search of some kind. What he or she is searching for must be seen to be important, both to that character and to the reader. This lends itself to the natural...read more
The obstacles in the plot occur as a series of inter-related and connected incidents, or happenings, through which the action takes place and the plot and characters develop. These incidents are points of high drama, excitement and tension, created by skilful...read more
One of the main purposes of obstacles, as far as the writer is concerned, is to strengthen and develop characterisation as the story progresses. This is an on-going process by which the protagonist achieves their goal, using qualities, which they may not have known...read more
You should, by now, be keenly aware that you will have no plot, and therefore no story, unless you have obstacles standing in the way of the central character. One of the problems you could encounter at this stage is deciding on the degree of difficulty involved in...read more
The conflict itself can come from any number of things. Perhaps the most common conflict comes from other human beings. It is also the most absorbing, because what interests readers most is people. Your readers can identify with the actions, reactions and motives of...read more
All plots contain an element of conflict. Conflict is also explained within Module One of the Write Storybook For Children Course. Without it you will not have a story to write. In this context, conflict simply means opposition to the characters' goals. This does not...read more
We talk about plotting in depth in Module Six of our writing for children course, and we stick by the conclusion that there is no single aspect of writing children's stories that is more important than plotting. Good stories are never written 'off the cuff' with the...read more
When it comes to the actual mechanics of putting pen to paper many people start to become unsure of themselves. They may have plenty of ideas, they may have worked out a watertight and brilliantly original plot and they may have a collection of interesting and...read more
Here at Write Story Books, we have trawled through the World Wide Web for a sneak peek at what children’s books you need to get excited about in 2016. So are you ready to see what we came up with? Here it goes (in no particular order): ‘Jolly Foul Play’ by Robin...read more
As a children's writer it is important to look closely at why children read. If you are going to write for children you have to appreciate why children bother to read for pleasure. Throughout all the age ranges one of the main attractions of literature is character...read more
Discover the secrets to writing and publishing successful children's stories
Almost everyone says ‘one day, I’ll write a children’s book’, but for so many people, ‘one day’ never arrives. Whether you struggle to find the time in a busy schedule or can’t find the words to put your amazing ideas to paper, it’s so difficult to know where to begin.
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