16 Sep, 2019
One of the beginning pages of Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! poses a question: “Have You Ever Tried Creative Writing?”
The passage goes on to say: “Writing can be a great adventure. A blank piece of paper is like an open invitation to put down your ideas about anything you see, think, or imagine. The possibilities are UNLIMITED. Once you try writing, you may be surprised by your own excitement and ability.”
This can, of course, apply to people of all ages (there’s no deadline for trying your hand at writing, right? And there’s no start date, either!). Elementary school-aged children can do it, as well as those in their 90s. The difference? The longer you live, the more experiences you’ve had, the more you have to draw from for your writing. The younger you are, the more imagination you’ll use!
So, for now, I want to focus on the younger generations, and give some useful tips for getting those creative juices flowing. After all, creative writing encourages artistic self-expression, and whether a child is four or 14, the process can help guide them through feelings and emotions and let them grow as a person.
Below are five tips on working with your child to help them write creatively:
As I wrote at the beginning of Reading Is Fun! Imagine That!: “People have been writing ever since the first written language was used thousands of years ago. After all those years, there are still more writers and things to write about. You have your own thoughts and ideas that you could use and share. At EVERY age, people can find that reading, writing, imagining, and creating are FUN.”
Ruth A. RadmoreBack
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