World of Ink Tour for Stories for Children/Guest Post by Judy Snider
Posted April 20, 2011on:
Guest Blog on Writing for Adolescents
Everyone seems to ask me how I got started writing. I have always
loved books and I think that was the key for me to start writing. I
always wondered who were these people who wrote books, and
where did their ideas come from.
I started writing in third grade a mystery, and then I kept writing
after that. I wrote poems in high school, wrote lyrics to songs, and
began to get an idea of what I liked to write. I found writing
relaxing, and when I was younger we did not have computers to
work on, so most of my writings were on paper. I had piles of my
writings in a container.
When I got married and was in my thirties, I decided to write
children’’s books. I guess after reading so many to my kids, they
inspired me to take a course and start writing. I picked usually
funny and heart warming books to write ……and still love those
kind of books. I got my ideas from real life. I am the mom of two
grown children, so lots of their adventures and daily life gave me
fun story ideas.
So if you want to write…….start…….if you write……continue.
Find the subject or type of book you love writing about!
Please don’’t think that the first time you write something it is
perfect and ready to send out. I say that because I did that at first,
and did not take time to show it to my family, friends, etc. and get
their opinion and suggestions. Of course, it is your writing for
your story or book, but it is nice to have people you know give
their thoughts to you. If one person does not love your story,
don’’t give up. Everyone has different thoughts on things when
they read. Like some people like mysteries, and others non-
fiction……. It is also important to edit, edit edit. Thank goodness
for spell check and some of the new great things on the computer,
but read your work over and over, put it away and bring it out
and read it again.
If your family is good at editing, again ask for their thoughts. I
also found friends who liked writing, and think that it is fun to
talk over story ideas, or in the case of my sister, we wrote this
book, I Love You, Be Careful together. It was very fun, but it took
work to share ideas, visions for the book, and work with our great
illustrator, Cady Driver, who lives in a different state.
In most libraries and in bookstores in the reference section they
have books that tell how to write, and how to get published
someday. They can be very helpful along the way. When you
think of it if you are writing: e-mails, papers for school, etc.
etc……you Are Writing. Don’t stop. Writing is Fun!