Best Creative Writing Techniques for WA GATE/ASET Test

posted Apr 4, 2020, 8:26 PM by Adam Yu   [ updated Apr 4, 2020, 8:26 PM ]

Looking for best creative writing techniques for your kids? You have come to the right place. The following guidance will prepare your kids and boost their scores.

1. Plot Planning 

Firstly, ask your child where the story is going to take place. It could be somewhere fictional or real, it could be a planet, a country, a town or a house or anywhere!

Then, ask when the story is taking place, now? In the future? In the past?

Finally ask what they think is going to happen. Remember that this does not have to be accurate and they do not have to stick to what they say; many of the best writers say that their plots develop organically as they write. If they do have a firm idea of where they want to go with the plot, though, they can create an outline by completing a story planner, which could look something like this:

  • First ...
  • Then ...
  • Next ...
  • And finally ...

2. Characterisation 
Ask your child who is going to be in the story. How do they want their readers to feel about each character? Again, they may want to jot some ideas down. You could make a table for them to help them organise their thoughts, with these headings:

  • Name of character
  • Relationship to other characters
  • What he/she looks like
  • Behaviour

3. Story Language 
Ask your child to think of some fabulous words to use in their story writing. They might be long words or simple ones, or they might be great descriptive words or words that help create pace and tension. Encourage them to jot these down and refer to the list as they write their story.

4. Story Starters 
All writers know that you have got to capture the attention of your readers right from the start; you want to make them desperate to read on. Ask your child to think of some good story openers that will entice people to find out more. Here are a few examples:

First sentences that are mysterious?-
Molly had no sense of the day that lay ahead.

Story starters that use language tricks like alliteration?-
It was damp, dark and dreadfully dusty when Molly entered the house.

Story openers that create tension?-
Molly could hear her heart beating faster than ever before. Could this really be happening?

Stories that go straight into dialogue?-
"But I do not want to go to school, Mummy, " groaned Molly.

Encourage your child to look at some of the books they like to read and see how they begin in order to offer inspiration.

5. Get Writing!
Once they have got all of these ideas in place, they can start writing. They could do a draft in the first instance and then a neat, polished version later. They may wish to write in short chapters, use illustrations, or make their own book to write in,  let them use their imagination and creativity when it comes to presentation, and make sure you show how much you value the end product by keeping it to read again with the other books in your house.