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February 27, 2020

Getting Creative with Writing

Aside from the importance of nailing down the grammar and vocabulary of the English Language, creative writing is another learning aspect that all students have to go through under Singapore’s education system. In this regard, it is of utmost importance that the student has a good command of the English Language in order to excel at creative writing. However, there are tips to help build up a child’s confidence and ability to master creative writing. Check out some of them below!

1. Engaging the student in the planning process

Experience is key to creative writing. When a student is able to relate to the experience of what they are writing, it is easier for them to describe their thoughts, emotions and plot on a piece of paper. This can be done through planning what to write. For example, if a character in the student’s essay is a robber, bringing the character to life through the student’s imagination will enable them to better describe the character at hand.  The more the student is able to relate to the narrative, the more creative they will be.

2. Remember the Roller Coaster

Every good creative writing piece should have a start, middle and end. At the beginning of the story, a student should aim to answer 5Ws and 1H – What, When, Why, Who, Where and How. Being able to answer these six questions allows the student to set the scene, drawing in readers to their story. Following the entrance, the middle part of the story being the most exciting and where the bulk of events in the story are described. Students should then take note to write an effective conclusion that ties the story together.

In addition, students should also try to make their story as detailed as possible, but in a concise manner to ensure that their story does not get too long-winded.

3. Describe Using the Five Senses

In order to be able to write a creative writing piece that adequately describes a setting, place or character, students should learn how to describe through using their five senses – sight, smell, taste, sound and touch. This would transport the reader into the student’s creative dimension, and immerse them in the imaginative world. To be able to better themselves at describing, students will have to learn to increase their vocabulary of adjectives and nouns that will allow them to diversify their creative descriptions. To get started, focusing on how to describe sight and sound are effective in training a student to describe their senses.

4. Reading Novels

Lastly, students should aim to read creative novels that will inspire and teach them to write better. In relation to the above point, reading novels is a good way for students to increase their vocabulary when writing creative essays. Students should take note of useful or creative phrases that will enable them to write better. In doing so, they can definitely improve their creative writing by leaps and bounds!

If your child needs further help in improving their command and learning of the English language, YMCA offers tuition services that could prove useful for them! 

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