Writing Children

Discussion in 'Archives' started by Ars Nova, May 23, 2014.

  1. Ars Nova Just a ghost.

    Nov 28, 2009
    Hell 71
    And when I say children, I mean at or under 13. Have you ever tried it? Do you have any references, quotes, or guidelines that you live by in the effort?

    When I think of children, I think of slightly simpler adults. Smaller vocabulary, less articulate, but otherwise mostly the same; after all, kids emulate adults because they think we're cool. No matter how dreamy or carefree the child, in all likelihood there's a version of that some fifteen years older which can be used to inspire the character.
  2. Krowley Moderator

    Jun 18, 2008
    When writing as children, I try to see the world as open minded as I can. (depending on how the kid was raised)
    I don't make them stupid, but I do tend to write them with a more curious vernacular. Unafraid to ask questions, and at the same time feeling like they know enough (At least against adults)

    I also let things affect them more. Make them question themselves or whatever just happened. Because like I said, they're curious.