In a recent Horn Book article, Kate Messner offers five tips to get kids writing. I’d like to offer a sixth: read aloud How to Write a Story by Kate Messner to a child. It will offer joy and excitement to the writing process.
In this picture book beautifully illustrated by Mark Siegel, Kate offers step by step directions to write a story. She begins with searching for an idea. As writers, we know ideas are everywhere. We collect them in writing notebooks and save them for the moment we know we must write about them. Through the illustrations and words, Mark and Kate bring the process of collecting ideas to life.
In the remaining steps, Kate gives tips on how to develop setting, characters, and plot. She delves into the introduction and organization of the story. She encourages writing a draft and returning for revision after the story has had time to “blossom and grow.” Kate concludes with what to do with a story when it is finished–– share it with friends.
If you’re looking for a way to spend an afternoon, read aloud How to Write a Story to a child. Be sure to have a writing notebook and writing utensil on hand for you and the child. You won’t be able to resist the urge to write!
~Dr. Anastasia Gruper, A to Z Board Member & Contributing Writer