As writers, we tend to spend long periods of time staring at our own handwriting. But is there something meaningful behind the way we jot down words? According to graphology, the study of handwriting, our unique scribblings can provide windows into our personalities, emotions, and mindsets. It is contested whether or not analyzing one’s handwriting is a completely accurate science, but it can make for an intriguing, introspective activity nonetheless.
Writing your very first story is an incredible rush of adrenaline for the mind. You’re so exuberant and full of energy, you twist and you turn in your mind, trying to keep up with yourself. It’s like holding onto the leash around your dog’s neck and standing on a skateboard. But we should be grateful that our minds have that ability to be suddenly pumped full of such passion and fire. Creative writing is one of the most beautiful things that humanity has ever done. It’s the window into our soul, our fears, hopes, and dreams. So why should we not pass on this talent and gift to the next generation?
Teaching them the value of an objective and narrative in a story relays back to the issues we face in the real world. Identifying problems, causes and solutions begin with the creation of a protagonist and antagonist in our stories. What’s the issue and what can be done to solve it? What kinds of adept complex questions are we asking the reader? There’s so much we can give by asking our kids to write their first book while we’re at their side.
The piercing light
Burrowed deep in our psyche are the things that frighten us most, the things that give us pure ecstasy and make us human. Getting children to write their very first book, try to get them to access this in their minds. The piercing light of any great story are questions that haunt us all, but due to the nature of the author, they’re told from a different perspective. Formulating thoughts takes tremendous patience if we’re really honest. There are so many layers to our thinking that we simplify our thoughts to function in this rapid fast-paced life we lead.
Cutting the story and therefore inadvertently the book, children should be taught the importance of writing composition. The introduction is crucial for the reader as they need to be sucked in almost without volition. Immediately striking in must be the conflict, because the reader needs to care about what’s going on. The resounding hope of a resolution and together figures that can attain it must be identified in opposition to the conflict. And finally, the ending or the conclusion of the plot that leaves the reader with either a memorable finale or questions still being asked.
Children will be embarrassed when they write their first book because they’re conscious of the fact that it might not make sense to other people. This is especially true when you’re critiquing their work for basic errors such as spelling mistakes and the narrative not staying on track.
Give them encouragement when they get frustrated and lack self-confidence. If they have a change of heart and want to change their story, enable them to do so. In the early days, don’t try too hard to steer them in one direction. Allow them to fluctuate and wrestle with their imagination. Your job is to give them structure and keep them focussed so they make progress with each page their write.
It’s a wonderful thing to see a child lost in their own imagination. Their stories will tell you a lot about their personality. The whirlwind adventure they take themselves on will never be forgotten. Even when they’re older, looking back they’ll be conscious of the precious gift you gave them or creative writing.
It’s been a minute since we’ve had Author Tweets of the Week. (You would think that it would be a weekly feature given the name wouldn’t you?!?) Let’s kick things off on the right foot. A little inspiration for your weekend.
Start NOW! A year from now you may wish you started today.
Today is the day to start, friends! Sit down today and write. Don’t wait. You don’t have to do it all at once. You don’t need to write everything you’ve ever wanted to write today. Just sit down and spend 30 minutes today. Get in the habit now!
If you’re looking for a little inspiration to jumpstart your writing, @nkpalgal is exactly right. Music is incredibly powerful. Check out my guest post at Sally Ember’s blog on how music can inspire you to creativity.
I met this bird at lunch, somebody had pooped on her head. She was still putting herself out there and she got so much lunch
This is funny, and there’s a side of me that says, “Right on! Way to go. Talk to each other!” But if I’m being honest, if I go into a coffee shop and they don’t have WiFi, nine times out of ten I turn right back around and walk to another coffee shop (usually right across the street).
If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything. ERNEST HEMINGWAY#amwriting#fiction
Great advice from one of the most famous American writers. Fix what you can, don’t worry about what you cannot.
I vehemently believe that the greatest ally you can have as a writer is someone who loves your work, believes in you completely, and has no qualms about telling you that the thing you just wrote is not up to your standards.
If you have this person, hug them and buy them stuff.
Find this person as a writer. Find them a keep them close. If you’re luck enough to have multiple people like this, count your blessings and protect your relationship with them.
“Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.” – Neil Gaiman #amwriting Writing. pic.twitter.com/WwC0iY8bwO
Shoot your shot, friends. That’s all you can do. If it doesn’t work out, if you miss, that’s okay. It’s all apart of the process. Put yourselves out there and make the glorious mistakes that are uniquely yours. Write your story.
Finally, rather than encouragement and inspiration to follow your writing passion to end the week, I leave with inspiration to love more.
For this week’s Tweets of the Week, I’ve decided we will focus on humorous, inspirational, and poignant writing tweets from one of the best #amwriting tweeters in the business: @byMorganWright. For the first time ever, all tweets will be coming from one source. Here we go!
Fun! I love this idea. Quick story time…before my older brother was married and was in the dating world, one of the first dates he loved to do was go to a bookstore after dinner. He would agree with his date that they would both go find a book to gift to each other. He loved doing it and he felt he found out a lot about the other person from that simple experience. So there you go! If you’re looking for a date idea…
At first I thought this is really funny and clever, but then I pictured myself in that bookstore. This is annoying! It would be such a pain in the ass to try and find the mystery novel you’ve been searching for!!
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