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10 Reasons to Write a Children's Book
You Can Make Money Doing It!
Every time a copy of your book sells, you make some money, and everybody wants money. You can use some of the money you make and invest it towards writing your next book, increasing your skills, or marketing your book so that you will be making even more money. The more books you write, the more money you will make, as long as they are interesting books and you are marketing them like you should be. As long as you're a writer, you would probably rather be making your money writing your next book than working overtime hours at your job to make your money.
Kids Read More Than Adults
Kids, in general, read more than adults. School age kids are often given reading assignments to complete either at school or at home, and since kids are beginning readers, they are encouraged to read more by their parents so they can get better at it. Also, kids have more free time than many adults do, so they can more easily find time in their day for reading.
Since kids read more, if you write a children's book, it would be most likely to be read by a higher number of people than an adult novel would. In turn, many people (mostly kids) will become familiar with your writing, remember the characters in your book, and, hopefully, want to read other books that you have written.
Name of Movie
Who Wrote the Book
Beauty and the Beast
Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Henry W. Hewet
The Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum
The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg
The Tale of Despereaux
Miracle on 34th Street
Around the World in 80 Days
The Never Ending Story
Anne of Green Gables
James and the Giant Peach
Fantastic Beast and Where the Find Them
Many Movies are Based on Children's Books
Ever want to go to the theater and see a movie based on your ideas? It is possible. If you write children's books and they are successful, your book may someday be turned into a movie. If this happens, your characters will be much more popular and if you are lucky more people will want to buy your book after seeing the movie. Also, you will get paid a lot of money for allowing your book to be made into a movie.
Many popular movies are based on children's books. In the table to the right, you can see some of the movies that were based on children's books, along with the name of the author that wrote the original book. This is just a few of the movies that were made from books. There are many more not listed here. You may be surprised to see that some of your favorite movies that you remember as a kid were actually books. Maybe now that you know you might even be rushing out to the library or book store to check out and read some of them.
You Can Meet Other Children's Book Writers
Once you start writing a children's book, you will probably start meeting other people who are doing the same. You can compare your book to theirs, and this can give you ideas for other books that you may choose to write in the future. There are even writing societies such as the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) that you can join (for a fee), and once you do that, you might find yourself traveling to conferences to meet other writers, to get tips on writing and publishing, and to show lots of people what you have been working on.
You Can Get Paid to Visit Schools
As more people get familiar with your writings, you might be invited to read your book at a school. Not only will this be a wonderful marketing opportunity to further share your book with others, but you will likely also get paid. Many schools pay between $1000 to $2500, to visiting authors for coming to their school and reading to the kids. If the school is far from your home, you will probably even be reimbursed for the gas it takes to travel there.
You Can Be Silly and Play with Form and Rhyme
If you always liked poetry or nursery rhymes, now is your chance to incorporate some of that into your writing. You can write your book with the same amount of lines on each page. You can make all of the lines rhyme, or just some of the lines. You don't get to do that if you're an adult novelist.
Also if you want, you can write silly stories. What you write about doesn't necessary have to be realistic or possible. So you can more freedom to be creative. I just recently wrote a book about a toad that rides a toy motorcycle through a little boy's house. It doesn't have to be realistic to be entertaining.
It Can Be Therapeutic For You
Writing in general is therapeutic. It takes you away from your problems, and into a world that you create. You may feel more relaxed and capable of getting through the day if you write often.
You may also learn more about yourself. Ask yourself, why did you write this story, instead of another story. It might be because of something from your past, because you have always had an interest in something, you have recently developed an interest in learning more about a certain topic and have done some research on it, or you have a lot of experience in a certain topic.
Writing will certainly make you feel better about yourself. It is a constructive pass time that can end up making you a lot of money, giving you confidence, and making you a better writer. You will feel like if you can write a book, you can accomplish your other goals as well.
You Can See Your Work in Print
You will feel a great sense of accomplishment once you finish your book and it is published. You feel more confident in your abilities and amazed at yourself because of what you have created. Every time you see your book for sale, where ever you're able to sell it, whether it be in a book store, department store, or even online, you will feel happy because that is your book. You might also see your book in the library, at a school, or in a friends home, and feel happy because that is your book. You are sharing your creation with the world.
It May Even Help You Get a New Job
Here's something you can share at your next job interview. You wrote a book. This shows that you can accomplish goals that you set for yourself. If the interviewer has heard of your book, he or she will be even more impressed by it.
If you are applying for any type of writing job, or a job at a bookstore or library, even better. You will most likely get the job.
You Can Do it Anywhere or Anytime
Writing is something that you can always do, whenever you have some free time, where ever you are.You can write early in the morning, late at night, after work, or on the weekends. Find what works best for you an stick with it.
If you have a laptop, you can take it where ever you go. If not, take your composition notebook when you think there might be some free time that you can use for writing. You can write while waiting for someone, waiting for work to start, riding with someone in a car, riding on a bus or train, or waiting for your order at a restaurant.