Today there is drop in sales of print books, newspapers and magazines, but people are still reading. And, we all know how important it is to encourage children to keep reading.
But, what about writing. Some children are natural storytellers, and will jump at the chance to share their thoughts and ideas on paper. Others find it tiresome and too challenging.
With the right kind of help, however, there is no reason why any child can learn to write freely, and without hesitation.
Moving Readers into Becoming Writers
Being a creative writer is a worthy aim and regardless of age. We are seeing a record number of websites being created each minute of the day. Writers are needed to provide content for them, for eBooks, and more.
And, of course the more books written the richer the world will be.
But, how can you encourage children to get started? Where do you begin? How can they become successful writers?
All writers experience go through a similar process when it comes to writing.
Thinking about writing is easy. Starting a story is easy. The hard part comes in finishing the story, and then editing it.
Encourage Children to Write
When encouraging children to start writing consider these three pieces of advice
- Be creative
- Be confident
- Don’t overthink the process.
Encourage the children in your world to let their imagination go wild. Don’t allow constructs or the fear of making mistakes hinder a child’s creative process.
Everyone makes mistakes whether they are spelling or punctuating. The important part is knowing how to edit, but that takes time to master.
Always allow children the freedom to express themselves freely and learn how to correct their mistakes as they go.
Encourage children to be confident to write and have belief in their own ability. If they are writing for the first time they are not going to produce their best work.
Writing is an art form that takes many years to hone. The more children write, the better they will become so tell them not to wait until they become good to start writing: just start writing every day about anything.
Don’t overthink writing
Encourage children not to overthink what they are going to write about. Writing should be easy and ideas should come freely.
Use brainstorming ideas to help children play with their ideas, and get started. You can also give them tips on how to keep on writing when they get stuck midway.
The more children practice writing the better they will become at expressing their ideas, and using the written word as therapy, as a way of gaining a great job, and a way of changing their world for the better.
About our Guest – Susan Day
Susan Day is an author of 15 books, educator, and a content marketer. Her blog, Astro’s Adventures Book Club, is full of ideas and tips for grandparents who want to build a strong relationship with their grandchildren. In particular, Susan specializes in helping grandparents share their love of books with their grandchildren. Susan is currently writing a book titled, The Top 10 Things Happy Grandparents Never Regret Doing!
Susan lives in country Australia with four dogs, three boss cats, three rescue guinea pigs, and an errant kangaroo. And, apart from blogging, writing and reading; she loves drinking coffee, painting and learning to box.