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Encouraging your children to write will help their imaginations to flourish, handwriting and spelling to develop, and hopefully help to build their confidence.
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” – Stephen King
One of the most important things is to inspire a love for reading.
Now for the writing bit and a bit of story structure. There are three main parts to every story:
Coming up with one of the above is a great starting point. As this will help your young writer to think of all the elements to their story.
Often, if the main character is themselves this is a good starting point (but not always). Let them think what they would do in their story. Friends will often make an appearance too.
Explore different plot ideas. Some examples include: overcoming a baddie who is up to something naughty, or having to go on a journey to find something thats leads to an adventure or perhaps a mixture of both.
In terms of setting, try and get their imaginations flowing. As well as having adventures in the usual places such as at home or in school. Think about places they have visited recently: maybe a museum; a castle; a beach; a forest or maybe even think about creating magical worlds. What things could happen in those places? Trigger their imaginations by asking them questions.
“You can make anything by writing.” – C.S. Lewis
Charlie runs Read Now Write Now, a literacy organisation which runs many projects to inspire people to read and write including creative writing workshops for both children and adults. He has just finished writing his first book, Great Grisly Hall.