In August 2016, for my Writing 4 Children slot in Writers’ Forum I interviewed one of mine and my children’s favourite authors, Philip Ardagh.
He has been writing for over twenty five years and has over a hundred children’s books published, including The Moomins: The World of Moonminvalley, a series of books for the National Trust and the Stick and Fetch Investigate adventures.
He told me:
I suspect that I was born wanting — needing — to write. I filled old diaries and exercise books with my scribbles from a very early age, and English was my favourite subject at school. I knew that I wanted a career as a writer but had no real concept of the idea that one could earn a living as an author.
Philip’s seven quick fire tips for writing for children are:
- Do a job you love
- Explore all aspects of the job
- Never dumb down
- Write the manuscript
- Never write yourself out
- Keep everything
- Make time to write.
Some advice I feel we all need to remember was:
Whoever you’re writing for — whether it be adults or children — the most important part is the actual writing. Not blogging about it, not telling people you’re a writer, not Tweeting or Facebooking about it, but ACTUALLY writing. Once you’ve written and rewritten and rewritten however many times, THEN is the time to start worrying about your social media presence.
To read Philip Ardagh’s essential tips in more detail take a look at #178 August 2016 issue of Writers’ Forum.
You can follow Philip Ardagh on Twitter @PhilipArdagh