Posted by S.Akilandeswari
Here are some strategies to help students to overcome their hesitation in writing and enhance their creative writing skills:
Using good examples
Before beginning to write, students must be exposed to the best examples of a particular style followed by brainstorming and discussion on what makes them the best.
Picking up topics of interest
We cannot expect students to know enough to write on any given topic. Boys might like sports and cars while girls may follow popular culture like fashion, music and so on. But these are very broad themes. We need to narrow down to specific topics like ‘The importance of sports in students’ life’, ‘your favourite music’ and so on. Let the students decide the topics on which they would like to write. After deciding the topic the next step would be:
Developing relevant vocabulary
We as teachers have to push our students towards creativity. One of the best ways to do this is to help them use colourful, vibrant and specific vocabulary. With limited active vocabulary in their repertoire, their creativity is also limited. We need to open the vistas of vocabulary. Brainstorming and collaborative writing are ways to improve their armoury of words. We can make them use a thesaurus to find synonyms and antonyms. On the way, we can explain the minute differences in synonyms too.
Use of the five senses
Adding details that appeal to the five senses makes sense in creative writing. Describing sight, smell, taste, sound and feel add the much needed dimensions and depth to any piece of writing. Teachers need to scaffold students on ways of doing this.
Use of literary devices
Literary devices are used to make any writing compelling. Students need to have explained and be informed about what literary devices are and how they enhance their writing output. Without overwhelming the students, teachers can ask them to use two literary devices like simile and metaphor in the beginning. Once the students get the hang of them, slowly but steadily they may be introduced to other beautiful literary devices.
Use of CODER
CODER is an important technique to be used in creative writing.
C is Collect ideas
O is Organise ideas
D is Write first Draft
E is Edit
R is Rewrite
Using this step-by-step process, students can be led towards creativity in writing. When done as pair work or collaborative work, the output will be more encouraging. Not everyone is born a writer. Practice is the mantra. Our students need us to guide them systematically towards creative writing. Once they get the hang of it, nothing can stop them.