What is Creative Writing?
Any type of writing that is done with the intention of entertaining rather than informing the reader is considered creative writing. It is not professional, journalistic, academic, or technical in nature. This category includes both fictional and non-fictional works, such as novels, biographies, short tales, and poems.
In the classroom, creative writing is usually divided into fiction and poetry classes, with an emphasis on writing in an original style rather than replicating pre-existing genres like crime or horror. Screenwriting and playwriting are two types of screenwriting that are generally taught separately, yet both fall within the umbrella of creative writing.
Why is it beneficial as a skill in the formative years of your child?
According to studies, students who engage in creative writing are more likely to excel in areas such as science, math, and languages. When youngsters push themselves to think and write creatively, they develop problem-solving abilities, confidence, and discipline, all of which are necessary for success in all areas of life. The following are some of the advantages of creative writing:
- Persuasion and communication skills are improved
- Confidence in one’s ability to exert themselves and voice their thoughts is developed
- Problem-solving and analysing abilities are enhanced
- Creative writing also nurtures the imagination of a child
Some tips to nurture creative writing skills in your child 👇🏾
- Give your child the time and space to be creative, ideally in a distraction-free environment. The more your child writes, the more he/she will come to realise what kinds of writing interests him/her.
- Using prompts (like one word topics or visual images) for writing are also helpful in suggesting what the child can write about. The world is their oyster; they can do anything they set their heart to!
- Journaling has been known to be very helpful for creative writing, as it paves the way for the child to be open about his/her emotions and feelings.
- Reading is a necessary task as it gives the child certain ideas about various types of writing and the words that can be put to use.
- Encourage all types of writing – stories, poems, jokes, riddles, comic books, cartoons, plays, songs.
- The creative writing process entails putting the child’s thoughts on paper, examining the language and flow, removing spelling problems, reviewing, and rewriting. Make sure your child knows the value of a rough draft as the foundation for a great essay.
- From the beginning, let your child know the importance of feedback; knowing where he/she lacks or excels can turn out to be very helpful in the long run.
- Enroll your child in online creative writing programs like WhiZo to help them explore and broaden their horizons. Your child will learn the art of producing appealing work using techniques, tools, and a variety of topics.
Happy writing! 🖊️
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