When supplying writing prompts for students, allow more than one choice, or at least more than one direction to go with a particular subject.Having this choice will empower the student to make the writing even more personal.And as much fun as it can be to allow them to live inside your mind, it’s even more fulfilling to see them on paper – and in the hands of raving fans.
If the prompts come across as juvenile, too specific, or uninteresting, students may transfer those feelings to the writing assignment.
The solution to this problem is ensuring that writing prompts are age-appropriate, open-ended, and relevant to the student’s everyday life and culture.
All you need is one writing prompt to light your imaginative fire and you can burn through a book idea, formulating the plot and all with just a single prompt.
You can even write a powerful short story with a small prompt!
There are a number of different methods of setting a match ablaze and come up with story ideas.
You can swipe it on the ground, against a rough surface, use your own nail, or even light it with another match that’s already burning.
A poorly-chosen prompt can frustrate or bore, while a well-chosen writing prompt can inspire and thrill. Young writers will generally write more interestingly, more fluently, and more passionately if the subject is something they care about on a personal level. Nothing can create writer’s block more quickly than boxing a student in.
Students need to feel that there is no “right or wrong” response when they are writing.
Having the book idea isn’t all it takes to write a great book.
You need the ins and outs of the process, how to start your outline, and even what to do in order to take this idea to a finished, published product. Without the proper system in place, those ideas won’t really get to see the light of day.