Help your child write stories : Part 1

Your child would like to start to writing stories? Here are a few tips from me on how to begin with!

Part 1:

Before you start, remember this is your child’s first experience, so it is very important to encourage your child, be patient with him and soft, and most important be passionate and enthusiastic. Sit next to him and enjoy your time together. It could be wonderful quality time together for you and your child.

So let’s start:

  1. First of all, let your child write his first draft of the story he wants to tell. Don’t interfere, just be supportive.
  2. After your child finishes his first draft, it’s time to go deeper into the story and learn about it’s structure :
  3. The beginning: it should have 3 components: time, place and characters. You can explain your child by reading together a book he or she likes
  4. The body of the story: what’s the problem? Ways for solutions, and the solution.
  5. The closure – A final sentence of the end.
  6. The next phase would be to rewrite the story according to what we learned.
  7. Now, after your child has a new draft of his story, you can go over with him and check together if all the components of the story exist.

Congratulations! Your child had written his first story! I am sure it is a wonderful story! Don’t forget to hug him, give him a kiss or give him a big smiley face decal. Anything that will show how much proud you are of him.

Remember-The best writing is rewriting! If your child will have a good experience, he will want to try again and again and I am sure his ability to write good stories will improve!

After you practice together these steps a few times, you are invited to follow my next post- part 2-more advanced tips for your child for how to write a story

Hope you enjoy!  Goodbye and good luck!

Tammy Brown Elkeles

About Tammy Brown Elkeles

I was born in Nigeria, but my family moved to Israel when I was eight years old. I live in Tel Aviv with my husband Miki, a photographer and documentary director, and our two boys. Writing children’s books has been my passion ever since I became a mother. Children are an endless source of inspiration and joy, and they can teach us adults so much about life. I believe that our children are our true spiritual guides. Being a staunch optimist, I believe that we have the power to influence reality and shape our own lives, and that is the message I wish to convey through my writing.In fact, I remember writing my first children’s stories when I was a little girl. But life led me down a different path. I graduated with a BA in chemistry and nutritional biochemistry and later studied advertising as well as interior design. It was only in my thirties that I got to realize my childhood dream, studying playwriting and screenwriting and making writing my main focus.In recent years I have been involved in filmmaking, serving as assistant director for the documentary Cinema Egypt, assistant editor for a documentary on a rap group, and writer of a documentary for National Geographic. My first play, Dust, was performed in 2009, and I have completed a script for a children’s feature film.I currently have seven children’s books available on Kindle, and there are more to come. My book The Birds’ Bakery will soon appear in print nationwide. I’m also working on a comic books series for teenagers, D.J. Dirty Brown, to be published on Kindle.Your thoughts and comments are important to me. Please write to tammy@tammybrownelkeles.com

2 thoughts on “Help your child write stories : Part 1

  1. Faruk Ahmed

    Hi Tammy, I consider it a misfortune to come to know you so late. I’m an old man (58 years). Only one or two points of your monologue takes me back when my first son was just 4 years. I was never a father before I got married. I never learned what is fatherhood. I only watched my son’s activities as he grew up. He not only taught me how to become a father, he taught me empathy and love a human should posses for another human, animal and even a dying moss (a tiny grass like plant that grows during monsoon) on the roof top. I can not forget my home coming in those days from my distant workplace 4 or 5 o’ clock in the morning. The soft horn of the taxi down stairs was loud enough to understand the reason why I used to door open for me. It was a wife’s longing for her husband. But what used to touch me so deep inside and bring my tears down was my little son’s glowing smile at the doorway at that time. I felt as if I see my Lord inside him. There are many more small things ( to me they are great memories) I can not finish now. Many a times I felt I should write but some how I could not. Today, your monologue reminds me I have lost those golden times. Now am a busy doctor and my son is 22. I’m afraid I can truly get back to those time anymore. I have another daughter. She is almost 12 now. Will your books be available for online reading. The title of all your book seems interesting and I believe my loving daughter must be benefited from it. Please accept my sincere regards..

    • I was very touched by your comment. It is never too late to build a relationship with your kids. I hope you can use my post to help your daughter be creative.
      My books are available on Amazon in Kindle and Print Format. They are targeted to a younger age 3-9. But she might be interested in my comic book, Dirty Brown that is more for young adults and teens.

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