How You Can Write Clear and Clutter-free Fiction for Children

  Pruning your writing of unnecessary clutter is a great way to energize your prose. Here are six tips on cutting back on verbiage. BY HELEN BRAIN   1. Keep it Simple Choosing a complicated word when a simpler one will do can dull your writing. Cluttering your sentences with unnecessary words will do the same thing. A pedantic teacher might tell his class, 'Kindly ensure that the required apparel, as specified on the information sheet, has been purchased.' He would get his message across more

Mistakes to Avoid when Writing Books for Kids – by Helen Brain

The right level of language can make or break a book for children. Learn what kinds of English to avoid when writing for kids. It’s important to choose the kind of English that modern children speak. If it is many years since a writer last read a book for children, and particularly if they don’t have daily contact with kids, their writing may be difficult for children to read. To Write a Successful Book for Children, watch out for: Language that is over-formal,