Cool Summer Writing Ideas

Ahhh! Summer has arrived.

No more waking up early. No homework and no more learning. But wait, what? No more learning? Whether you are in school or out, you are learning every day. Creating lists, texting, even passing notes in class (not recommended) are all forms of writing. Guess what? Writing does not have to be a chore. So let’s use this time to explore ways to include writing in our summer routines. Some of my favorite activities:

Write a screenplay 

Scriptwriters make a ton of money! They are the people that create the words or dialogues to your favorite movie, play, or television show. Why not write your own movie? I’m sure you have several eager friends who would love to be in your movie. You will need actors, stage props, and a film crew. You can ask your friends and family members to help. Do you have a friend who is always taking pictures or videos? They may be the perfect addition to your film crew. Are any of your friends crafty? Ask them to help create stage props. Read, set, action! Click here to see how you can get started.

Interview a relative

Wouldn’t it be fun to learn some of your loved ones’ childhood stories? Set up an interview with an aunt, uncle, or grandparent and find out all the dirt! First you will need to come up with a list of interview questions. You can either record the interview on a recording device or take notes as they speak. Every good interview needs history. Find out the historical facts about their hometown and what was popular when they were growing up. You can do this by Googling the year of their birth and their hometown. Write up your information as an expository essay or interview style. Share this at the next family gathering. Click here for a sample form to use for gathering information.

Poetry writing

Do you have a clever or interesting way of sharing your words? Poetry may be your “thing”. Did you know songs and rap lyrics are simply poems set to music? Poetry is a fun way to express how you view the world. There are lots of opportunities to share your work, too. Ask your church, community, or local camps for a stage to read your poetry. I bet they will be thrilled to have you entertain them.

Rewrite the ending

Here’s a fun activity. Think back to your favorite movie. How did it end? Now, I challenge you to rewrite it. What if Prince Charming married the wrong sister? What if Spider Man’s parents were still alive? Try changing your favorite fairytale into a science fiction book. Gather a group of friends and each of you can rewrite your favorite book or movie. Share your new story with each other during your next sleepover.

Everyday mystery

What kind of mysteries take place at your house?  Did someone take the last cookie and leave the empty bag in the pantry? Who left sticky juice footprints in the kitchen? It’s time to solve this mystery. Once you select what mystery to solve, you’ll need to identify the clues, gather evidence, and find witnesses. Click here for great mystery words to use in your everyday mystery story.

Complete any of these summer projects, submit them to us, and we willl send you a special prize from Fun Creative Writing for spending your summer with a pen in hand. Good luck and have fun!

Bright Lights and Big Stage

It’s no fun being sent to your room. I should know. I spent several days throughout my childhood staring at my ceiling light wondering why I was forced to deal with this kind of torture. And guess what? I didn’t have a TV or cell phone to entertain me. Hard to believe, right?  Instead, I used this time to sit, think, and write. I turned a bad situation into a good one. My stories were clever and funny, meant to pass the time.  I wrote whatever I wanted, without fear or judgement. That freedom ended up spilling over to every area of my life. I was not afraid to express myself in school or out. Now I am blessed to be able to share my love of writing with a whole new generation. I am confident that you will have some of your own tales to share. Hopefully you won’t get sent to your room in order to write them.

The one thing I always did before writing was prepare my space. Just like writing a great story, the setting is important. I’d like to share 5 tips for setting your writing “stage.”

Create a space where you feel inspired to write. Do you have a favorite writing corner in your room? Add comfy pillows, a small lamp, perhaps a tent or canopy, or even a sleeping bag – whatever you like that will encourage you to sit, relax, and let your imagination soar.

1.     Every great movie has a soundtrack. Music is a great way to ramp up creativity. Explore different music styles. Whether it is country, classical, hip hop, or heavy metal, music sets the mood.

2.     A while ago, I purchased a diffuser. A diffuser plugs into the wall and sends fragrances into the air. They work great but if you don’t have one, you can also sprinkle your favorite scent on a wet paper towel and hang it over your air vent. Breathe in the magical aroma and create the perfect mood to write that epic adventure.

3.     The number two pencil has been a part of back to school supplies since… forever. One of the main complaints for young writers is pain in your hand from gripping the pencil too tight. Train your hand to relax by using a mechanical pencil. These are so cool to write with. However, if you grip these pencils too tight, you’ll break the led (bummer). Once you loosen your grip, writing that essay won’t be such a pain (I promise!). Colored pencils and fine line markers also create a vibrant paper. Make sure your teacher is okay with sharing your creativity this way.

4.     To increase your concentration and your writing energy, keep healthy snacks nearby. When you need a pick me up, grab a handful of granola, grapes, or pretzels. These will re-energize you, plus you won’t end up with a greasy, sticky paper.

So go for it. Create your magical space and give your writing the bright lights and big stage it deserves.

Terri Whitmire is a published author and writing coach for children of all ages. For more information, visit her website at www.FunCreativeWriting.com or follow Fun Creative Writing on Facebook.

So You Want to be a Writer?

The Job of a Writer

The Gist: 

Are you imaginative? Do you have stories floating around your mind that you must share? I completely understand. If you love to write and can share your stories in an interesting way, the job of a writer may be a great choice. Writers are people who translate thoughts and ideas onto paper for others to read.  You can write non-fiction (based on true events) or fiction (using your imagination). There are many job opportunities for writers. Whether you are a novelist, speech writer, advertiser/copywriter, technical writer, or a reporter, writing is a fun and important job.

The Path:

To become a great writer, you must build your English Language Arts skills. As long as you combine these strong skills with a creative voice, you can become a great writer at any time in your life, even now. To become a professional writer, some employers require a Bachelor of Arts in English, Communication or Journalism, while other will accept a liberal arts degree, which is less specific. Some colleges offer a certificate in writing for very specific careers, such as children’s writer, technical writing, or creative writing.

Some of the college courses you will take will include literature, English, poetry, and grammar.  You will also learn about playwriting, environmental writing, and workplace writing.

After college, you may choose an industry that interests you and seek opportunities to write in that industry. You may also work as a freelance writer. Freelance writers do not work for one company, but they are hired for short or long term jobs at various companies. If you choose the route of authorship, you will need financial support to help with living expenses. Many authors work park time jobs while writing their next great novel.

The Perks:

Being a writer can be seen as a glamourous career choice. Many people believe writing jobs require you to sit behind a desk and type all day. Nothing can be further from the truth. A good writer must work with various types of people. They get to travel and discover how others live. They test the latest tech gadgets and they interview some of the most popular celebrities who need writers to tell their stories, write a script, or draft their contracts. Writers are often given privileges to peek behind the curtain and discover the real lives of people.

Bestselling authors are often times put on a pedestal. Adoring fans wait in line to receive their autograph. Audiences love to listen to authors discuss their characters in their favorite book. Speaking engagements can include paid hotel stays and meals are offered to the best writers.

The Impact:

As a writer, your words have a lasting impact.  No matter how small or large your writing projects are, your words will live on forever. Your stories have the potential to change people, encourage them, or help them make an important choice. Whether you are writing an uplifting poetry prose, a speech for an important dignitary, a breaking news story, or introducing the next great technology, your words will make the difference.

Make Your Move

What can you do to get started as a writer?

·       Learn as much as you can in your language art and literature classes

·       Read books similar to your writing style

·       Find a mentor or writing coach to help you

·       Research colleges that offer the writing degree you desire

·       Write often (journaling is a great way to keep writing in between assignments)

Here are some great resources:

http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/

http://teacher.scholastic.com/professional/teachwriting/

www.FunCreativeWriting.com

https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/susannahbreslin/2012/08/09/so-your-kid-wants-to-be-a-writer/&refURL=https://search.yahoo.com/&referrer=https://search.yahoo.com/