A writer is a person who writes about stuff. In order to write about stuff, you have to know stuff and?do stuff. That sounds really basic and juvenile, but it is the reason why I am against writing programs for children under twelve years old. Most of the writing prompts for younger children aren’t very exciting and they know it.
A teenager has more to say than ?I did this and then I did this.? They think deeply, they have had some experience with life, their command of language is better, fine motor skills are more developed and they have the mental capacity to absorb tons of knowledge in a short period of time. A young child possesses none of these and writing is often laborious for them. Forcing children to write will guarantee that they hate writing. Unleash a teenager on a blank page and you?re more likely to read something infused with passion. Here are writing prompt ideas to encourage your teen when he asks, ?What do I write about??
Write about your passion
What is your teen passionate about? What are you passionate about? That is the place to start. However, sometimes people are passionate about something but don?t truly know a lot about it. For example, I have heard some young people say, ?I?m passionate about helping the poor.? That is wonderful! Start there. Ask questions like:
What do I really know about this? Is my knowledge based on talking with people, listening to pundits, reading books, or something else?
Do I only know one perspective? Who has an alternative perspective and why do they think that way?
How extensive is my practical experience with this topic?
What makes me angry or upset about this topic?
These kinds of questions will spur your teen (or yourself) to dig deeper, to uncover truth that needs to be shared. Then, it?s time to talk about how to structure the writing, such as writing a blog or an op-ed piece for the local paper.
There are times when passion is lacking or the student is reluctant. How else can we decide, ?What do I write about?? Here are some additional ideas to get the juices flowing.
Choose an article from the newspaper and rewrite it from a different point of view.
Choose an event from your life and write it with an alternative ending, not the real ending.
Write about an event you attended from the perspective of a foreigner.
Look through business magazines and discover a problem that a company is having. Write a white paper outlining how your unique idea is the solution to their problem and why.
Writing is an important skill for communicating our thoughts, ideas, and knowledge. But, not everyone needs to know how to write a five-paragraph essay or a ten-page research paper. When was the last time you did that? The best thing is to make writing an enjoyable, fearless practice relevant to everyday life.