Storytelling and writing is a good way to improve your child’s language skills – but how does one improve in the art? Here are five top tips by renowned children’s author Morris Gleitzman on how your kiddos can write better stories!
1. Create A Problem
Remember that every story must have at least one character facing at least one problem. A story is always about a problem and a character’s attempts to survive or solve it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small or big problem – as long as a lot is at stake for the main character.
2. Make The Problem Worse
Don’t make the problem too easy to survive or solve. It’s more interesting if your character has to struggle, plan, think creatively and be a bit naughty to solve the problem. And perhaps, if there’s another interesting character making the problem worse.
3. Then Make A Mistake
Sometimes we make problems worse by the way we try to solve them. It can be frustrating in real life but extremely useful in stories. When problems get worse, stories get even more interesting.
4. Use Simple Words
Don’t worry about using posh words or long complicated sentences. Use words you know, and don’t forget to use them to help us feel things – the same things the character is feeling. Not too much description though. Ensure that every sentence in your story is connected in some way to your character’s problem.
5. Have Fun
There are no limits to our imagination, so we can do things in stories we wouldn’t dare or be allowed to do in real life. See if you can make yourself laugh or cry while you are writing – or if you’re really game, try creating both. That’s the real story prize: fun and feelings. Any other prize your story wins is a bonus.