Author Tuesdays: Writing About Children for Adults

AWP Panel with Suzanne Berne, Ann Pancake, Melanie Rae Thon, and Kent Meyers.

What makes for a compelling child character in literary fiction?

Here was my take-away from the panel:

  • Children are unable to pretend not to see what’s in front of them such as the homeless person in front of a Bloomingdale’s
  • Children don’t always have purpose in what they do or where they go
  • Children’s dreams can be small (such as taking a bath every day or going to the neighbor’s tree house).
  • Children can have unexpected insights
  • Children create unusual metaphors
  • Children are a natural fit for stream-of-consciousness writing style
What other advice do you have for an adult writing a compelling child character?

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