Three Frugal Resources for Creative Writing

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Do you have a middle or high schooler who hates writing? Why not try some creative writing?

My teen got so much out of creative writing during middle school and later in high school, too.  In fact, we did a lot of creative writing and it helped her later in her essay writing, too.  But how do you get your student started, if they are  a little reluctant?

My daughter and I tried a number of things for creative writing through the years.  We found three frugal resources that became our favorites.  One of them was from A Beka.

1.  Creative Writing with Penmanship Skills by A Beka

Creative Writing with A BEKA

This is a great place to start!  A Beka Books put together an introduction to creative writing for 6th graders, but it can work for middle schoolers.  It is full of encouragement to get your children writing.  

They include exercises to help your young writers get in touch with their senses, and start to notice details, both of which are key to story writing.

These lessons included: 

1.  Observing details
2.  Journaling
3.  Mind Stetchers
4.  Poetry Writing
5.  Writing Memories, and much more.  

My middle schooler loved working in this book, and the beautiful illustrations helped to motivate her.  I have a review of it here. 

Next, is a free resource for getting going in creative writing...

2.  Young Novelists's Notebook 

Have you heard of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? They encourage kids and adults to write every day during the month of November.  But their site has a bunch of resources for story writing which can be used at any time of the year.

One of these is the Young Novelist's Notebook for Middle Schoolers. They actually have three for elementary, another for middle schoolers, and one for high school.  

These workbooks cover all the aspects of story writing...including creating characters, building settings and establishing plots.  Theses books are available for free download here.  

And finally, here is our favorite resource for high schoolers....

3.  No Plot, No Problem

No Plot? No Problem NaNoWriMo Review at The Curriculum Choice

The folks at the National Novel Writing Month have another great resource for creative writing, called "No Plot, No Problem". 

It is full of helpful ways to get past the fear of putting words on the page!   And also leaving your "Inner Editor" behind.

This book gives your writer a lot of tips, strategies and tricks to help them write stories.  It also gives guidance, and do's and don't for writers.  We used this book during a month of NaNovWriMo writing, but it is great for use anytime!  Read more of my review of this book here.

Does creative writing really help your student?  We found that it gave my daughter three benefits: 

1. First, it was fun!  It helped her to associate writing with enjoyment and positive feelings.
2. Secondly, by writing a story, my student was learning the components of literature, such as setting, plot, characters, etc.  And she was learning these things hands-on, by creating her own story.
3.  It built up her confidence in putting words on the page, and this is so helpful when it comes time to learn how to write essays.

What is your favorite frugal resource for creative writing?  I really do love reading your comments.

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