Children Have Strong Emotions

       One of the differences between kids and adults is the fact that
       kids feel much stronger emotions in situations. When children get
       angry, they are angry with every fibre of their being. When
       children are happy, they are so overjoyed. 
       Also, for children, everything matters and everything is serious.
       Adults sometimes wonder why a child would go on and on about
       something that seems so simple an unimportant.  But it isn’t
       unimportant for children. They see and view things very
       differently indeed.
       For instance, if a child can’t find his favourite shirt, he searches
       and looks everywhere and is very upset when he can’t find that
       precise shirt. Adults just find another one to wear. Or if a child
       doesn’t want to go to bed, she may be frantic with tears, while
       adults may just grab a book and read for a while.
       This difference in perspective also has to be captured by adult
       writers for kids. They have to feel the strong emotions in their
       writing that children feel and they have to act like children would
       in particular situations. Unless a writer could capture these strong
       emotions, her story won’t echo with kids and they won’t
       understand the author.
       One really important way of being able to do this is to watch
       kids in their normal environment. When are children happy?
       When are kids sad? When do they complain? When are they
       beaming with delight? All of these will give you important clues
       when you write your own stories.
       What children’s writers must capture is the life of a child. The
       more the writer can do that, the more successful (s)he will be as a
       children’s writer.
       ~ Irene


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