Writing tips for creating short stories

Here are some quick writing tips aimed at helping children create short stories.

For parents, this will help you organize your child's efforts. Using these writing tips you can set small goals for your child and establish your expectations.

For the child, I'll show you simple steps to help get your ideas laid out before sitting down to write. Above all else, take it slow.

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To get the most out of this I suggest you read my simple tutorial. Learn a bit about motivation for a child if you need some help with that. Then walk your child through how to visualize a story.

First, plan, plan, plan. Just take a few moments before you think you are ready to answer the Five W's and write your answers down so you can review them. Do they make sense? Will we get interested early in the story? Will you be building up to a big kaboom. Do you know how long the story will be? Make lots of notes. Short stories need lots of content.

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Then make sure you choose one of several good wordprocessors. Now, with the ideas and tools in place, take a moment to decide on this. Do you think you can keyboard the whole story at one time, in one sitting? I'll tell you right now, your answer should be no.

How could you do quality work if you expect to rip it off in one shot? Take your time. Decide right now that it's a work in progress. You may have to sleep on it in between keyboarding sessions. And your parents may be able to give you good feedback which may cause you to change the story later... improving it.

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Fine. Ready to go. Start keyboarding and don't look back. Keep your ideas in your head and refer to your notes. Be creative and don't be afraid to use some figurative language.

Don't worry about correct spelling or avoiding grammatical errors or even good punctuation just yet. That would slow you down and make you forget things. Just keyboard it, keyboard it, keyboard it. Revisit for corrections after each session, maybe once a day.

Also, when you are nearly finished, read the story out loud to yourself. If something is written poorly, it will stand out and sound strange to your ear. Mark it in your notes, keep reading, and correct it later.

Finally, have your parents read it out load too. You want them to tell you what they liked or didn't like about the story. You can have them read these writing tips as well.

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