Creative Writing: Cracked

What is the most effective way of encouraging all children to explore and experiment with creative writing?

The aim is something that we can all aspire to: to make creative writing an enjoyable activity for all children.

But how?  Especially with KS2 children who proclaim that they hate writing and can’t do it, and indeed don’t know what to say.

One particular approach that appeals to many is the sense of the utterly absurd – as with a request to write out the differences between a bicycle and a banana.

When an activity like this is then accompanied by instructions which seem contrary to the normal approach to writing (such as “write quickly” rather than “plan carefully”) suddenly the whole meaning of creative writing is changed.

And not only is the child’s vision of creative writing changed at this point, but the child also starts to understand that not all writers work in the same way. For while some do indeed spend hours pondering the possibilities of a handful of words, others find that their way forward is to write at full speed.

Indeed, for every PG Wodehouse (whose response to the question of how he wrote was “I sit at the typewriter and curse a bit”) there was a Mark Twain who suggested he wrote up to 4000 words a day (longhand, of course).

Tom Wolfe (who wrote Bonfire of the Vanities) on the other hand proclaimed that he might put down maybe 130 words a day.

But, of course, this is just one issue – which is why “Cracking Creative Writing” contains 100+ inspirational KS2 creative writing activities, each taking between 30 minutes and one hour to complete. Throughout, the writer is independent and in charge of their own writing.

You can find a whole range of examples from the book on our website along with details of related books.