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Author: Joan Aiken
ISBN: 031285840X
Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Publisher St Martins Pr; First Edition edition (January 1983)
Language English
Category: Reference
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by Joan Aiken


It is by Joan Aiken, whose children's books I loved as a child. Having written six novels for adults, and desiring to write for children for the first time, I picked up this book because I love the author's Wolves of Willoughby Chase

It is by Joan Aiken, whose children's books I loved as a child. Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Nightbirds of Nantucket, and Black Hearts in Battersea being some of the titles I still have on my bookshelves. It's a pleasure to reread something like this with the advantage of almost a quarter century more of experience and information. Having written six novels for adults, and desiring to write for children for the first time, I picked up this book because I love the author's Wolves of Willoughby Chase. I knew a lot of the things it said already, because I had written adult books, but there were some good gems in here which have helped me as I am now writing my first children's book.

Is writing a children's book as simple as it looks? Do you want to write for children or about them? . After more than fifteen years as a writing shelf classic, The Way to Write for Children has been completely revised and updated.

Is writing a children's book as simple as it looks? Do you want to write for children or about them? Do you want to write a picture book for young children, a book for new readers, or a chapter book for preteens? Why is Beatrix Potter so beloved? E. Nesbit? . From analysis of what makes the best-loved children's books so successful, to where to look for inspiration, to practical advice on how to structure a plot, Aiken delivers an extremely useful book for anyone who's ever considered writing a children's book. Connect with the author.

After more than fifteen years as a writing shelf classic, The Way to Write for Children has been completely revised and updated.

In 1982 Joan Aiken was asked to write a practical guide on the art of writing children’s books. From the first line it is clear that she wasn’t entirely sold on this concept (‘There is no one way to write for children’), but concedes that there are many practical things that a new writer can do to create a successful children’s book – mow the lawn, put your feet in a bucket of hot water, take laudanu. .The world of children’s publishing has moved on a lot since this guide was published, but there is much sensible advice packed into the book’s 93 pages that still rings true

Authors: Aiken, Joan. The Way to Write For Children. Many of the books in our Antiquarian Rare Collectable category have been photographed by our team

Authors: Aiken, Joan. Many of the books in our Antiquarian Rare Collectable category have been photographed by our team. The Way to Write for Children by Joan Aiken (Paperback, 1998). Pre-owned: lowest price.

Joan Aiken believed that encouraging the development of imagination in our children would be the key to the survival of.

Joan Aiken believed that encouraging the development of imagination in our children would be the key to the survival of the human race, and the surest way to create hope for the future. Perhaps th. he Joan Aiken Page. com. of-joan-ai. ewyorker. The Practical Magic of Joan Aiken, the Greatest Children’s Writer You’ve Likely Never Read.

Joan Aiken, in a revised and updated version of her Way to Write for Children, cautions that it's not so easy. While books for the youngest readers may be simple, the best ones are far from simplistic

Joan Aiken, in a revised and updated version of her Way to Write for Children, cautions that it's not so easy. While books for the youngest readers may be simple, the best ones are far from simplistic. In this slender volume, Aiken alights on topics relevant to the writing of books for tots, 'tweens, and teens. And, as Jiminy Cricket is for Pinocchio, she acts as a conscience for children's book authors.

Joan Aiken, daughter of the American writer Conrad Aiken, was born in.After visiting his family in England, Felix is on his way back to Spain when he's shipwrecked off the coast of France.

Joan Aiken, daughter of the American writer Conrad Aiken, was born in Rye, Sussex, England, and has written more than sixty books for children, including The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. History & Fiction. Now, back in print, the engaging and suspenseful British fantasy by one of England's most imaginative storytellers. Lucas Bell is lonely and miserable at Midnight Court, a vast, brooding house owned by his intolerable guardian, Sir Randolph Grimsby.

Joan Aiken This eagerly awaited addition to Joan Aiken's award-winning Wolves series takes us on Dido's most imaginative adventure yet!Dido Twite ha.

On her way back to London aboard the Thrush, Dido and crew are summoned to the aid of the tyrannical queen of New Cumbria. Her island is an infe. This eagerly awaited addition to Joan Aiken's award-winning Wolves series takes us on Dido's most imaginative adventure yet!Dido Twite has been sailing the high seas, chasing after Lord Herodsfoot, who is scouring the globe for new and interesting games. Nightbirds on Nantucket (The Wolves Chronicles, #3).

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.
Dynen
I bought the original (not this reprint edition). I do not intend to write a children's book, but since I have children and a large and still growing number of children's books, I found this book "The way to write for Children" by Joan Aiken very interesting. It did bring many aspects to my attention which I have never thought about before, but now recognize. The advice sounded all very reasonable, although I assume that the market changed a bit in the thirty years since the book was written.
Grinin
An insightful book by one of my favorite children's authors! Aiken has useful information on writing for different age groups, how to establish a writing routine, and imagining your reader. The chapter on voice was especially helpful. It also has a useful section on assembling your story, which I used with my first novel to good effect.
huckman
This book has useful info. Although it was written in the 90's the information is still relevant today 2010.
Celore
sorta my bible.
Kahavor
gee, I bought this book to help me learn to write for children, not to be talked down to by the author...which is what happened. A shoddy, simplistic, overly "this is how I believe it to be" approach that lacks the the clarity and educational value I was looking for when I purchased it. Dated examples and poor type face and formatting doesn't help. I'd avoid this one.
Vudojar
A friendly warning to readers: Even though "The Way to Write for Children" is very precise about what SHOULD NOT be in children's books, it is quite the opposite about what SHOULD be in them.
On the very first page of the text, Joan Aiken bluntly informs readers that "there is no _one_ way in which to write for children." In another chapter, she explains the futility of dividing child readers into age groups and trying to target a single age. Throughout the book, she gives examples of what she considers poor children's literature--and not without good reason.
Aiken is not a writing teacher who says, "Do this and this and this, but not that." She is more like a mentor whose gut instinct about these matters is so finely developed that she can tell what will work and what will not, even though she may not be able to explain why. Yet she does try! Those who like their writing manuals well organized into clean-cut sections and subsections will not appreciate her attempts, but those who understand that she is truly sincere may dig deeper and find unexpected treasure.
You'll enjoy this book more if you have read as much children's literature as Aiken has and are familiar with the authors and titles that she liberally "name drops" throughout the text. I bought my copy three years ago and understood about 10% of it. Then I started studying some of the books she used as examples: "Daddy-Long-Legs", "Poems of Childhood", "The Chronicles of Narnia", "The Hobbit", "I Am the Cheese", etc. With that, her words took on new life for me.
I can compare reading "The Way to Write for Children" to listening to a wise and remarkable friend speak--but not lecture--about children's literature. It is definitely not writing school, but the education I receive is superior.
Vosho
Some how-to books are of marginal value, but a few, such as this, are of negative worth. The brief, rambling stream-of-consciousness is worse than useless for a beginning writer. She makes statements such as (Writer's Block) "There is nothing much you can do about it." and "The teenage novel is here to stay, you can't turn back history." The first is unhelpful and untrue, and the second has no foundation, except a weak truism. (And I was picking two statements, skimming casually.) Then she says you can't write a teenage novel unless you are a teen, or in "constant daily contact" with them. Huh?

I was going to give this to the library sale, but I just now decided to throw it away. Why would I foist it on someone else?
Beautifully written and full of real insight, this astonishing little book will do more for the creative flow of aspiring writers than most books in the field. Its focus is on children's writing, and it offers the wisdom of an outstanding and very succesful author. Her love of children's writing is contagious, her advice is sound, and this excellent help will inspire many generations to come. In a league of its own.