- First of all, if you can’t remember being a kid, you have no business writing for them.
- Break down adult limitations on creativity and go to the extreme. Let yourself build the impossible upon the impossible.
- Be charming.
- Keep your descriptions light and let your audience fill in the blanks with their imaginations.
- Be aware of the injustice kids feel when faced with adult mandates.
- Remember kids typically feel alone in their difficulties.
- Simpler language. Vocabulary should be commensurate with the age your writing for.
- Keep it clean. No language at this age.
She takes it a step further on her blog: Comparing it to Young Adult and Adult. For that, you’ll have to drop by her site. It’ll be worth it, believe me!
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.