How Creative Writing Becomes Better with Reading

Posted by My Chapter One on 24.07.2022

Great writers are great readers first!

Reading brightens up a child’s creative writing brain. The art of reading is a creative pursuit. It complements the skill of creative writing. Reading and creative writing are the 2 sides of the same coin, they’re like night and day, lock and key! Reading connects the reader to the writer and creative writing connects the writer to the reader – cyclical in nature!

Reading does wonders to fire up a child’s imagination which comes in handy in creative writing. Reading is essential to life, providing new perspectives and teaching various life lessons.

Reading improves creative writing skills

Books take us to a different world, time zones, countries, and planets, and help us to meet people whom we would have never met or known in our lifetime.

The experiences, knowledge, and ideas that kids garner through reading come in handy as they can use some of these ideas in their creative writing to make their stories unique and interesting. A writer writes through his imagination, experiences, and instances in his life. Many children may not have a vast number of experiences that can help them write a story. So, books in a way are their tickets to read about various cultures, people, and experiences.

Reading books helps them stimulate imagination and in turn enhances their creative writing skills. Good books will give children a clearer idea of sentence structure and grammar, as well as build their vocabulary. It also helps to learn the style of writing of various authors and develop a writing style of their own. Also, the ways of writing a story and describing characters vary from author to author. These things can not only make a child’s creative writing skills better but also help them expand their world knowledge. 

Tips to improve creative writing through reading

Read as much as you can:

Writers are shaped and influenced by other writers. The books that a child reads has an impact on their creative writing skills. Reading good titles by well-known and established authors is like learning from the world’s best teachers. 

Read with purpose:

We always encourage children to read for pleasure. After all, reading is a vacation for the mind. But to improve one’s creative writing skills, don’t just read for pleasure. When a child reads a novel, guide them to study the ways different writers tackle different subjects, how they craft their sentences and story structures, and how they handle dialogue.

Read a vast variety of genres:

Every author has something unique about their writing style. They can all teach you different lessons in the craft. For eg. J.K. Rowling can teach you how to build fictional worlds, and Enid Blyton can teach children about biographical writing.  Therefore, we must encourage children to study their work.

Want your child to learn more about Creative Writing?

Creative writing, much like other things is a skill that comes with continuous efforts in the right direction. But one key aspect that brings out the creative best when it comes to writing is voracious reading.

If you are looking for a program that can help nurture the art of writing in your child, then My Chapter One’s Young Writer’s Workshop is the place for your child. It is a program/workshop to hone children’s abilities in key areas of creative writing and enable them to produce a full and complete short story which is then published as a collection of all the short stories written by children in an e-book! 

This year’s Young Writer’s Workshop was based on the fantasy edition. The children read books by Rick Riordan in the fantasy genre. The stories written by our students are in the process of getting published and will soon be available to read on our website. My Chapter One is organizing a virtual showcase event on 28Th July where the children will come together to launch and talk about the stories written by them. Do join us for the live session on : 28th July

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Writing is an important skill to have, and when children begin to show interest in writing, it is always a good idea to encourage them. Writing well takes a lot of time and effort, which is even more true if your child is interested in creative writing. With the right guidance from experts and correct writing techniques, a child’s creative writing skills can be nurtured! 

Creative writing

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

- Stephen King

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My Chapter One helps children dive into the world of books and fall in love with reading. It maneuvers kids away from digital entertainment and towards wholesome real-time fun, through reading sessions and activities devoted to iconic books. My Chapter One handpicks reading instructors who guide children towards becoming independent readers, and subsequently, more imaginative, empathetic, and academically-inclined individuals. All in all, our company’s goal is to create a world of little readers, bright-eyed at the prospect of a new book.

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