An important part of making writing fun is getting rid of the dread, making the activity unexpected and engaging and opening a world of expression for your child. We’ve discussed a great deal about brainstorming, and now it’s time to head into the first draft.
Really, the first draft is just a method to organize the brainstorm, nothing more. It should never be graded or slaughtered with that red pen. Typos, grammar errors, misspellings—they should all be safe in a first draft because nothing silences an idea like premature criticism.
A first draft is your child’s opportunity to flesh out the skeleton of ideas he has accumulated through sketching and brainstorming. And it’s supposed to be rough; thus, the name “rough draft.”
A Writer’s Vulnerability
The best writing happens when we open ourselves to others and become vulnerable. For a child approaching this scary moment of transparency for the first time, we have to create an atmosphere of safety. Your child may refuse to write because, bottom-line, he’s afraid. Read the rest of the post…