Book Week isn’t just a fabulous chance to celebrate books and their creation.
Yesterday I visited Gisborne Primary School. I spoke to about 120 Grade 5s and 6s about what it was like being an author, and they had some amazing questions for me.
I also presented a workshop to 15 kids in Grades 3 to 6 who had won the right to attend the workshop by creating a winning story in the school’s story writing competition.
These kids were amazing. They had an incredibly diverse range of characters and story ideas. Their villains ranged from wicked grandmas to a gummy bear army. Their heroes ranged from small children to adult super heroes.
Whenever I work with young writers it always reminds me of what a valuable thing our imagination is.
Kids are not restricted in their thinking by what kind of story might sell or what they think a reader might want. Kids write from the heart. They write with original voices, they write the story they are compelled to tell.
- Don’t second guess yourself – telling yourself your story idea won’t work. If you like it, run with it and see how far it takes you.
- Don’t be hung up on what readers or publishers might want, write the story you want to tell.
- Enjoy writing for the sake of writing – because it’s fun and it’s something you love to do.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help and brainstorm with others if you’ve reached a dead end with a story idea.
- Push the boundaries of your imagination – step outside your comfort zone and try new things: new genre, new writing styles, new ideas.
Happy Book Week and Happy writing:)