1. Read! Read a lot.
2. Keep a “Writer’s Notebook”. Paste clippings from newspapers that you like into it. Write descriptions in it. And write down things you like when you read them.
3. Practice describing! When you go out bring along a pad of paper and a writing utensil. Describe things – and people – as you see them. This is a great thing to do when you are waiting for your food in a restaurant.
4. When your are stumped for names, look around. You can go look in a baby name book, or a baby name site. If you need an all-new, original name, you can search for scientific names (like if you were naming a rat, you could name it Tus, out of Rattus). For names of cities, towns or countries, look at country and/or city/town names. You can also look up something in another language and derive the name from that.
5. When you are writing a poem, say it out loud to make sure it has good rhythm.
6. If you can’t think of anything to write about, look around. You could write a poem about a chair, or a tree. Or try writing from the point of view of an object or animal!
7. When you get an idea, write it down right away. You could start a writing ideas file!
8. Don’t be afraid to revise. A lot of kids don’t like revision, but it’s imperative. Think of it this way: revision is a way to fix your writing to make it better.
9. Save! Don’t throw your writing out. When you revise, keep all your drafts.
10. Write! Every day, do some writing. Even if it’s just a blog, or a haiku. Even if you are just writing in your journal, write. Writing is just like everything else: with practice, you’ll get better.
I hope you like these writing tips!
*A Green Tween is a Cool Tween*