Supporting a young and budding author….
Do you have a child at home who dreams of becoming a published author? Do they use their creative minds to pen story after story? If you do, you may be asking yourself how you can encourage this passion for writing and help them continue to travel down the road to reaching their dreams of becoming an author. As a parent, you always want to boost your kid’s confidence and foster their excitement for chosen hobbies so that they can build the foundation for believing in oneself at an early onset. Many of these favorite pastimes could someday become the inspiration to finding not only their career choice but more importantly, the very epicenter of personal self-esteem and self-value. Putting it that way, your job of fostering these flames of ingenuity, imagination and talent seems like a pretty important parental duty- a mission which can seem a little overwhelming at times.
If you have a child who has found a hankering for storytelling, there are several different ways to support this desire by doing a little research and using a bit of advice to keep steering them in the right direction. For starters, READ your child’s work and begin a conversation about why he/she wrote about the topic they chose. Talk about the characters, setting and plot of the story and be sure to explain the parts that you liked the best. It’s a good idea to take notice of the genre the young author has chosen to utilize- are they comfortable in one area or do they dabble in several such as fantasy, realistic fiction or graphic novels for example. Once you have a fairly good idea where their focus lies, try suggesting similar authors publications for them to browse over and read. This is a great tip for continuing their education about the specific technique and skill they’re searching and also a nice gesture to show you take their craft seriously. Next, ask the child if they would be interested in taking a writing course from their local library, after school-program or other private entity who can continue their development for writing. This will add yet another level of confidence and begin to build their experience with other writing professionals. The last bit of advice I would have is to be on the hunt for children’s writing contests which are held all over the Massachusetts area. One fact about most writers is that they like to compete with one another so check out nearby bookstores and libraries to see if they are hosting events like these!
“No one is born a writer. You must become a writer. In fact, you never cease becoming, because you never stop learning how to write. Even now, I am becoming a writer. And so are you.” —Joe Bunting