An author gives writing advice for children
Susan Meddaugh, the author of the "Martha Speaks" books about a talking dog, was one of the judges in the PBS Kids writing contest. She talks to kids often about writing, and she always tells them to just relax. "Tell a story from your own life, or just make up something that's crazy and ridiculous," she said. "Don't be afraid."
Here is some more advice for budding novelists: -- It doesn't matter if a story is really long or really short.
-- If you don't like drawing, do a story that's all words. If you don't like writing, do a story that's all pictures.
-- Team up with a friend: One of you can write; the other can draw.
-- Read aloud. Reading to your pet makes it fun and relaxing.
-- The best stories are original, so let your imagination go!