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
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