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Way to Write for Children

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ISBN-10: 031285840X

ISBN-13: 9780312858407

Edition: N/A

Authors: Joan Aiken

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Revised and updated, this essential and practical guide by an award-winning children's author explains how to write books for children, from where to look to inspiration to practical advice on how to create characters and structure a plot.Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
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List price: $7.95
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Language: English

Joan Delano Aiken was born in Rye, Sussex, England, on September 4, 1924, the daughter of the Pulitzer Prize winner, writer Conrad Aiken. She was raised in a rural area and home schooled by her mother until the age 12. She then attended Wychwood School, a boarding school in Oxford. Her work first appeared in 1941 when the British Broadcasting Corporation, where she worked as a librarian, broadcast some of her short stories on their Children's Hour program. Aiken also worked at St. Thomas's Hospital, and in 1943 she moved to the reference department of the London office of the United Nations, where she collected information about resistance movements. She worked for the UN until 1949, all the while continuing to write stories. In 1953 a collection of short fiction called All You've Ever Wanted and Other Stories was published. While writing The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, begun in 1952, her husband became ill and died of lung cancer in 1955. After working for five years as a copy editor at Argosy Magazine, and at the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Firm, she returned and finished the book in 1963. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award and was made into a successful film in 1988. In 1969 The Whispering Mountain won the Guardian Children's Book Award, and in 1972, Night Fall won America�s Edgar Allen Poe Award for juvenile mystery. Aiken is best known for her adult "fantasy" stories. She has received awards for children's fiction and for mystery fiction, and has also written ''sequels'' to Jane Austen books. She collaborated with her daughter to write many episodes of her Arabel and Mortimer the raven series for the BBC. In all, Aiken wrote 92 novels - including 27 for adults - as well as plays, poems and short stories, although she was best known as a writer of children's stories. Joan Aiken died in January of 2004 at the age of 79.

Do you want to write about children or for them? Adults and children read in different ways.
Warning: writing for children may not be as simple as you think. Why do people write for children? What should a children's writer write - or not write?
The different age groups. Small children's books.
Novels for children of medium age. Writing routine. 'Voice'. Your imaginary reader. Your central character. Story-telling or describing. Assembling your story. Getting started.
Plots for the small to medium age group. How do you get your ideas? Themes. Building the reader's interest. Beginning. Keeping them interested. Ending.
Character. How are characters created? Extending your characters. Depicting them. Villains. Dialogue. Dialect. Details.
Writing for television. Children's Plays. Picture-books. Poetry. Teenage Novels.
Myth and fantasy. Ghost stories. Humour. Historical novels.
Practical points. Moral message, yes or no? Taboos. Final advice.