Writing children can make or break your novel. I’m not to talking writers of children’s books. I’m talking to adult writers, writing adult novels.
Far too often I’m reading a submission and it’s the point of view of the child that kills the book for me and leads to rejection. Children don’t and can’t sound, well, childish. And yet somehow, in order to show they’re children, that’s what we do to them.
If you plan to include children in your novel you need to be reading books with children in them. Expand your repertoire to include middle grade and young adult fiction–books that feature children the age you want to write. Understand how a child can sound like a child and still sound real.
If you have done the research and still find yourself struggling to make a child sound like something other than a caricature of a child ask yourself if they need a POV at all. Or if you need the child there at all.