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December 01, 2013

If You Want To Live A Long Time - Write For Children

Writing is good mental exercise, but did you know that people who write for children generally....

...live longer?

It makes sense when you think about it. Writing at all requires mental flexibility and an awareness of the needs and preferences of the intended audience.

Writing for children takes the act of writing (and reading) to a whole new level.

I've noticed that some ESL students are insulted by the use of children's books. Their vocabulary might be simple but sometimes (like in some movies like Shrek and Toy Story) adult themes are addressed in a whimsical way.

Children's books (like Alice in Wonderland, A Wrinkle in Time or the Narnia Chronicles) often explore territory adult audiences might be hesitant to approach.

I read children's books fairly often. I've never attempted to write one, but the thought has crossed my mind. I've only written a few short stories geared to children - mostly based on memorable dreams.

But the theory that children's authors tend to live longer makes sense to me. You can see an article and examples here - http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/11/21/charlotte-zolotow/.

Children's books tend to be short, memorable and have great illustrations. My guess is that people who read children's books tend to live longer as well. ;-)

Morf

Posted by mmorf at December 1, 2013 11:28 PM

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