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Writer Kim So-Young

 

2021.11.01

 

 

Please introduce yourself to our readers.

 

Hello, my name is Kim So-Young. I have worked as an editor for children’s books for a long time and now I meet children in the book club I manage. Meanwhile, I also recently published a children’s book titled The World of Children (SAKYEJUL).

 

Is there a specific reason you became a writer?

 

It has been a little over 20 years - if I count the years I have worked as a children’s book editor and as an instructor in the children’s reading club. There are things I have come to know and learn by working in the same field for a long time, and I wanted to share the knowledge, the impressions, and food for thought with many of those who also have these thoughts.

 

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Speaking Reading Law (Dasan Edu), How to Read Children's Book (UU Press)

 

 

Is there a specific habit you have before you start writing?

 

Before I write, I tend to take a stroll outside however short it may be. If I have time, I spend about an hour walking around the neighborhood or walk around a park so that I could have at least some time to walk. It is not because I get an epiphany of a great idea while walking. Walking calms my mind and as a result I might think of a new direction for my writing out of nowhere. This is why taking a pre-writing stroll is a sort of habit for me.
I always set down a general outline for the story before I start writing. But one rule I have for preparing an outline is that my outlines are flexible so that I can make adjustments anytime later. This is because the when you write, you realize that it doesn’t always follow the path you originally had in your mind.

 

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The World of Children

 

 

Which book are you the most fond of?

 

The World of Children, which is my most recent release, holds a special place in my heart. Since I was very honest about my life, my feelings, and a few concerns I have had for a long time, it was like writing a diary. I did feel a certain amount of pressure. But many people shared their own feelings as well. This is why the book has become very special for me.

 

What kind of writer do you aspire to be?

 

What I am focusing on the most at the moment is what adults can do for children and what their roles are, that is what I would like to delve into. I will read more, think more and learn more to become a diligent and productive writer.

 


Kim So-Young’s One Line Reading - The World of Children

The words that I tell children, I now also share with myself.
On the other hand, I refrain from sharing with
myself the words I won’t say to children.
The reason why I try to adhere to this principle is that
I believe my words gain strength by doing so, however little it may be.

I chose this line because, having spent a long time with and around children, I have come to realize that when I am choosing what I am going to say, those words are actually the ones that I also tell myself. By thinking back and checking what kind of messages our society is sending to children, I think we might come to understand that respecting children is beneficial for our society. This is why I chose this line.

 

 

* The interview and video were produced as a part of the K-Book Online Marketing Support Project of the Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea (KPIPA).

 

 


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