|Caroline, Age 10|
If you want to be a writer, there is no better way to get started than to be familiar with the books that have already been written. My basic words of advice to aspiring writers are to read as much as possible. It is also important to know your audience. Writing for a three year old has different challenges from writing for a ten year old. Go to a bookstore or library and browse the shelves. Look at how long the books are, the relationship of text to illustration, the variety of topics for each age level. Try reading the text aloud and listen to how it sounds.
Of course, every writer must also write and, like every other skill, writing improves with practice. As you work on your stories, use what you've learned through your reading to improve your writing!