I thought everything is going to be easier. But writing for kids is a tough challenge. Last MIBF, Mina told us that she would be handling a class based on an award-winning children’s book. I was so excited that I signed up the moment I saw Mina’s post about it.
We were told that we have to base our story to a book, Bayong Ng Kuting (A Bagful of Kittens) by Mae Astrid Tobias.
I was once a Sunday School teacher and I felt it was time to write for them.
It was hard to write for kids. But the #BayongNgKuting Class and its mentors made it a little easier.
I received my copy of the #BayongNgKuting book one week after the face-to-face class which i regret not attending.
God provided me wisdom to conceptualize a story a day before the submission of the story concept. Yes, He is truly faithful.
I finished my first draft and send it to my buddies, Mark and Yeyet. Then, Yeyet offered me a very advance birthday gift. (SEcret!) Thank you Yeyet!
I also sent copies to my friends (Thank you!)
I successfully finished and submitted my final manuscript to Mina.
I was so inspired by the author of Bayong Ng Kuting, Mae Astrid Tobias. Her life will always be an inspiration. I want to write more for kids because of her passion.
The Tough Parts of Writing for kids
- Choice of words. – I think when you are writing for kids, you must choose the right words to let them know your point. Being a romance author, it was so hard for me. But through the help of God, my friends and family, I finished it.
- What words can you introduce to kids – Widening children’s vocabulary is a writer’s goal when writing for children. It was so hard for me to select the perfect words to introduce.
- Choosing the lessons to teach – I love to teach kids about God. That is my ultimate goal. God’s love has been the lesson I imparted to kids. Respect for elders is also a lesson that I include in my story.
I had so much fun in writing for kids. I learn that repeating phrases is important to have retention.
Watch out for the new breed of Cat stories soon. My Cat Story is entitled Cariño And The Three O’Clock Habit.