Kids Scary Stories vs Adult Scary Stories

wingedskullI’ve had a few emails ask me this and I thought I’d take a moment to explain. The gist of the questions:

Q: What is the difference between the scary stories you write for kids and young adults as opposed to the ones you write for adults.

A: Language would be my first answer. If I’m writing for an adult I use adult language. Probably nothing most kids haven’t heard but language I never say around women or kids and, pretty much, language I don’t use . . . anymore.

Now that doesn’t mean I want to talk down to kids in my stories. I mean there are words kids use that an adult will scold them for using. I’ll use that if it fits in the context of the story. A mild example is the word crap. Or sucks. No biggie but I’m sure you get looks if you use them?

Scenes would be my next answer. There are simply scenes that would not be appropriate for the younger audience. I really don’t want to get into that much except to say it’s nothing that will scar you for life or anything but just things I wouldn’t feel comfortable using in young readers books.

Does that help? I like writing for both groups but writing for kids and young adults is my favorite. Many adults aren’t open to magic or fantasy. What is amusing though is many adults now read young adult fiction because they find it more fun to read.

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