Writing kids’ stories based on events that happened can be both entertaining and educational.
Set a story outline.
First things first, you must set an outline and premise based on the story, theme, or lesson you want to write for kids. Kid’s fiction stories are concise and brief. When telling something based on actual events, you want to capture all the elements and essential facts while also keeping their attention and providing entertainment. Kids have a short attention span, and it is a major consideration when writing any form of literature with children as an audience. So decide on a particular premise, draw and finalize an outline, and choose your emphasis. In many cases, you can also divide your narrative into chapters or even volumes. Children also appreciate continuing adventures and always look forward to them.
Be creative with facts.
When writing children’s stories based on actual events or facts, we tend to be strict about it. And it doesn’t need to be so. Like fairy tales and magical stories, kids’ books based on facts should be written creatively. Writers should not allow actual events or facts to get in the way of a good story. We can continuously adapt, be creative, and entertaining without sacrificing the soul of the story. It’s important to remember that your readers are children. If you are writing about a historical event, it is essential to honor specific facts, but for the most part, you can always add some twist for the boo to be less dull and more adventurous.
Familiarity does count.
Children love to identify with familiar characters, places, and themes. If you write about actual events and persons, you can also include elements that they can attach themselves to or relate. Is It Santa? is based on actual true events book by Nelibeth Plaza. In her children’s illustrated book, she uses her children and grandchildren as characters without revealing them to the audience. She also incorporated familiar characters like the good old fireman, and of course, Santa which is a popular character among kids. The story is also set during the Christmas season, which is something we all love. When children read the book, it reminds them of Christmas, or when it’s Christmas, the kids are reminded of Plaza’s wonderful book.
Write a happy ending.
It is essential to end the book on a happy note, whether it’s a story about family, a historical event, a lesson about something, or even a tale about a tragedy or not-so-pleasant chapter in one’s life. We all love happy endings, especially children. In Nelibeth Plaza’s Is It Santa?, the family is investigating the cookies scattered on the floor, and while it looks as though the one responsible is a thief or a burglar, we later find out that it’s not. It was a squirrel living in the attic that was causing the “trouble” after all. The story ending on a happy note, and children will never forget the book because of its pleasant ending.
Apply colorful visuals.
An attractive visual representation is sometimes all you need to relay a mature topic to kids. Children always like drawings and colorful illustrations. And it’s the trademark of all great children’s books. Even if your fiction narrative is not about magic or fantasy, children will always appreciate good images on their books. It makes reading a more pleasant and entertaining activity. Most educational children’s books employ excellent illustrations to make sure that kids absorb the message. It’s the same with writing fiction based on actual events. If you are writing about an event in the family, you have a greater chance of success in narrating the story through colorful illustrations.