Most school subjects depend on your child’s ability, whereas creative writing is more about who they are, rather than what they know.
Of course, there are skills involved in creative writing but they aren’t learned by revision and memory, which makes it all the more challenging. There are things parents can do to help their children explore the art of creative writing, as explored below by a Hertfordshire independent school.
There are many benefits to creative writing for children.
It allows them to develop a strong sense of self and links academia to well-being. The first thing you can do is help your child feel inspired through their own experiences. Do you take them to museums or art galleries? Are they part of a drama or music club? Do they take long strolls through nature? If your child experiences a variety of different activities, the more inspiration they will find to write. Encourage them to write a diary in which they can jot down any exciting sights, sounds or general ideas. This will provide a basis for their creative writing in the future.
Another way to get your child into creative writing is through their reading.
If your child explores a range of genres and authors, they will soon get to know the main features of an excellent novel. Avid reading also helps children with their spelling and grammar; key ingredients to good writing. Games like Scrabble will have a similar outcome with regards to vocabulary.
As with most great skills, creative writing can be a lasting pursuit, so the earlier your child starts to explore it, the easier it will become in their later life. You will likely be the first audience for your child, so try to always enjoy what they have written and point out the elements you thought were particularly great.
However, it’s also important to bear in mind that not all writing is created to be shared, so if your child doesn’t want to show you what they’ve written then don’t take it to heart.
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