Creative writing is great fun activity for vacation. Some children have a natural talent of writing stories, essays, poems etc. out of their imagination and some develop this hobby with some help and motivation. Here are some ways to inspire, motivate and propel your child towards creative writing.
This is the first step and best tool to develop a knack for creative writing. Reading stories helps to develop creative imagination. When reading a story the child has to interpret it in his own ways to understand the story. They will form pictures in their mind to visualize what they are reading. Sometimes they will relate the events in the stories to some real life people or happenings. This pushes the child to be a keen observer of what is happening around them in the real world.
Almost all children love stories. Encourage them to read themselves. Sometimes kids are reluctant to read themselves. This not because they hate reading but there are some simple reasons. First, the story might be too long for their patience. Second, due to limited vocabulary at their age, they do not understand the meaning of most words and so the rhythm of the story breaks. Obviously, it is no fun reading a story, if you cannot understand it. Therefore, instead of forcing the child to read themselves, read out the stories to them, with explanations wherever required. Answer patiently all the queries they pose in between reading. Make it a habit to read daily. It is great way to know the ways of the world.
The child slowly develops his vocabulary and grammer through reading.
Reading also reveals to the child various ways of expressions like talking trees and animals, essays, poems, illustrations etc.
Observe the subjects that the child loves to read and know about. What excites them and what are the topics they describe clearly their daily life. Give them topics of interest to write about. Encourage them to write on simple topics like visiting a new place, some hilarious anecdotes, their dreams etc. Let them make grammatical errors. When writing on some topics, children often think in their own mother tongue or native language. They often get stuck while wanting to express something, due to lack of sufficient vocabulary. Elders should help them form sentences wherever they find it difficult.
Creating stories and making poems together is great fun way of bonding with the child. Start with rhyming words and together form sentences ending with rhyming words. Let the child form some stanzas and add some yourself. A poem is made! Write it down and read it out to your kid. Make changes together wherever you two feel like. Make funny poems and enjoy the fun. Same goes with the stories. Any one can choose a topic and start the story. Then proceed together with inputs from both sides. Let the child tell the story while you write it down with proper words and sentences, till the child is old enough to write herself.
Some children describe their myriad experiences in class, playground, dreams etc. very clearly with minute details. This is also an indication of a potential talent. Simply write down these anecdotes with the child’s help and narration or suggest topics for writing on what they had experienced.
Make a collection of such poems and stories and read them out together in your free time. This will remain as the foundation and inspiration for the child’s independent writings later on.
Publish the writings
We all love to see our name in print. Isn’t it? Same with kids. Send their stories and poems (even if it contains some of your input too) to children’s magazines, school magazine, competitions etc. Seeing their work published will surely motivate them to write more and make it a creative hobby, which may even become a career.
Encourage the children to recite poems or narrate stories made by them in front of others or on stage during school or other functions and competitions. This will boost their confidence.
Creativity is best when it is self inspired. It requires right environment and inspiration. It should not be forced. Encourage and motivate your children. Hold their hand and guide them till they require and let them take wings on their own.