- Write for fun, because you want to. Write on a whiteboard, on paper, in sand. Write with crayons, pens, pencils or in symbols. Express yourself. Don’t limit yourself or your ideas.
- Use your senses – observe the world around you; look, listen, feel.
- Keep a diary or a notepad to jot down ideas, thoughts or feelings.
- Immerse yourself in your stories as you write. Imagine you are there, in the woods, talking to that character. This way your reader will believe in what you have written.
- Read. Read. Read. Read recipes, magazines, articles, stories, poems. Read in your head, read aloud, in a group. Take delight in the way an author describes a character, creates an interesting rhythm or builds suspense to keep you engaged. Read. Read. Read.
- Keep a ‘word book’. When you find a word you don’t know the meaning of, use a dictionary and find the definition. If you like the sound of a word, write it down – it might be exactly what your next poem or story needs.
- Be curious. Inspiration for writing can come from anywhere. Your trip to the museum, the garden centre, or the supermarket could all inspire your next piece of writing.
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