Can You Write For Young Kids?

Can you write for young kids? I once planned to write a series of books for kids. I ended up writing just one before I aborted the idea. The hardest part of the exercise (for me) was choosing the right words and phrases to suit my targeted age group. Writing a story is one thing. Researching words your young audience will understand and approve of is quite another. 
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Submissions and Updates

As subscribers and readers know, there's a regularly updated page on this blog called, Writing Opportunities.  This is where writers, blogers, verse makers, tip givers etc, can find paid jobs available (mostly) in hard copy opportunities.

Go to that page to see if there's anything there suitable for you. Don't forget we've also got some on-the-spot  call for submissions posts as well. Just type in the term submissions in the search panel at the top, right of this blog (the link will give you some of those search results) to find ongoing call for submissions in the hard-copy publishing field. (Or you can go to the new call for submissions page linked below).

Are Writers Made or Born?

Are writers made or born? This is a question I ask myself quite a lot. I've always loved writing, even as a child. However, I've also spent years experimenting, studying and honing my writing skills. Does this mean that my writing skills are natural or self-made?

Millions of people take classes to learn how to write. They're taught to carefully place one word in front of another, the correct use of tenses, and the order of the elusive subject-verb agreement. Accurate form makes an adequate writer, but does it make a great one? Personally, I think not. 

There a certain je ne sais quoi – the X-factor of writing, if you like – about certain writers. It’s a quality which, in my opinion can be nurtured but not taught. Good form is certainly admirable, but without the inherent skill to make your reader feel what you are, you could very well be writing a dictionary. I’ve showed this letter below in one of my older blogs. It was written for my birthday, by my daughter when she was eight. I’ve retained all spelling mistakes. 

Anne's a published author, freelance writer and experienced editor. She's just signed her second publishing contract this year with 2 separate publishing houses. You can hire her or see her available books in the side panel on the right.
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