Write to the Heartfelt Needs of Kids

I was surprised at my reaction to the back-to-school sales. Last spring, I left teaching to write full time. I didn’t expect to have strong feelings about back-to-school supplies this summer, but I did. It was obvious that the children and parents in the store had their own range of emotions, too.

  • Nervousness
  • Excitement
  • Dread
  • Happiness
  • Fear
  • Pride
  • Worry
  • Denial

It made me think of writing to the heartfelt needs of children and teens. In the publishing industry, there is much talk about heartfelt need, that internal search for something and consequent desire to read about it.

For example, if I am attempting to prepare healthy meals for my family, reading a book or blog about whole foods would be a heartfelt need of mine.

If I am a preteen girl who is self-conscious about my appearance, I have a heartfelt need to read about how I might lose weight, fix my hair differently, or (most importantly) understand who I am in God’s eyes.

Whether you write preteen devotionals or chapter books for beginning readers, connect to the heartfelt need of your audience.

Remember that not everyone is thrilled with the roller coasters at a theme park. There are probably as many reactions as there are people on the ride.

How will understanding the heartfelt needs of your young readers impact your writing?

3 thoughts on “Write to the Heartfelt Needs of Kids

  1. I totally relate to the writer of the blog. Although I have been retired for five years, I get a little misty in the fall. I realize how precious the time in the classroom was and how hard the parents have it to raise their children in today’s world. I, too, want to energize these parents and be a part of the next generation’s healing.

  2. This certainly emphasizes the need to spend time with the age group you wish to write for. If you can’t do this, you won’t know the heartfelt needs they have.

  3. I still remember my own joy at getting new school supplies—the box of sharp crayons, new glue, pristine notebooks. Incidentally, this week I found a forgotten box of metallic crayons tucked under some papers on my bookshelf, and my heart soared! LOL

    For my own writing, I imagine the children (ages 9-11) having a heartfelt need to understand that God doesn’t require them to be perfect before He can love them. It is theirs, no matter what mistakes they have made. We all need some unconditional love in our lives.

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