Let’s face it, I’m not a children’s writer.
In fact, the vast majority of the things I write are even questionably suitable for mature teens. But that’s why I designate them as I do.
But as you may recall, one of my best pieces of writing advice is to write something you’d want to read. After all, you are going to have to read it… over and over and over again until you have a working manuscript. Also, if you bought the book there’s a reason. Other people probably like similar things for similar reasons, and on top of being an art form, writing is a business.
I may have mentioned before that my favorite children’s book (I’m not counting Harry Potter in this, which is so much more than a children’s series), is The Two Princesses of Bamarre. It’s a wonderful, quick read by the author who wrote Ella Enchanted. I’ve read it hundreds of times, usually reading it two or three times in one sitting. And every time I read it, I get inspired. This last time so much so that I’m planning my own children’s (maybe YA, haven’t decided on violence level yet) book!
I don’t really have a working title yet, but its a fantasy with alternate reality, sort of. It’s our modern world, in which there’s members of a royal family from the Other Realm, who are raised in our world, what they call the Human Realm, and then at the age of twenty decide which world they want to live in. The idea is they get to be more or less innocuous in our world, not followed around everywhere. The governments of our world know about them, but they’re not commonly known about. They’re thought to be a myth, a fanciful urban legend of sorts. But when an unknown magical source begins to target the royal family in the Other Realm, the family finds themselves fighting on two fronts, with the governments of the Human Realm deciding they’re done with being hospitable.
Details of the Other Realm have yet to be really ecked out. I’m still working on nailing down my characters and the overall basics of the plotline. Then I’ll get big into the world-building exercises. I’ll be sure to share that as I go!
But this is completely uncharted territory for me. Even when i was a kid I was writing more what you might call YA stuff, and stopped about the time I reached high school, moving into more adult territory. It’s been a long time since I tried to think in this age group, so at the very least I think it will be a very interesting exercise!