My experiences as a creative person, tutor of children, and teacher of creative writing

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Helping Your Struggling Student - Creative Writing

Almost all creative writers are visual-spatial people. They have the ability to “see” a story, idea, place, or character in their mind and use words to enable others to become a part of that world. They can become adept at sharing their experiences through words.

Since creative writers are visual-spatial people they need
time to think (some call it daydreaming) and must write on something they have an emotional feeling about; a vivid memory or something important to them.

They need to quickly get down their ideas without stopping to correct words or punctuation. After their idea is written, then can return and include additional information, change words, correct spelling, and edit punctuation. In this approach they are working from the whole idea to the details.

It is also important to remember that these children are able to clearly visualize what they read. They will be able to remember movies, or anything that they have seen -- vividly. Strong visualization will create strong emotional responses. This is why these children can be easily traumatized if exposed to violence, horror, or tragedy and have nightmares. Being able to “see” as another sees gives these children an incredible ability to empathize with others and thus they have the potential to become good writers.

Computers are a tremendous help to creative writers. It enables them to quickly get down their ideas before they lose them. When they make changes, they can immediately and clearly see what they have written. Computers also allow visual-spatial writers to write down thoughts and easily put them in a sequential order later.

Using 3X5 cards for writing reports would also help the child sequence. They can put one idea on each card then lay them out so they can visually organize the ideas.