2020 was supposed to be the year of many things.
For some, a shiny new decade symbolised a fresh start, a way to wipe the slate clean and start again. For others it was going to be a year of change, making resolutions to hit the gym, to finally land that dream job, or pick up an instrument. Back on January first, little did we know how much change we, as a society, would be faced with.
It’s a particularly challenging year for finding entertaining things to do in Melbourne, but let’s be honest - the need for boredom busting in the school holidays is nothing new.
I remember driving my parents crazy with the sentence, “I’m bored” all the time! The things I found to do turned out to be things I still love: reading, writing, and creating. School holidays are an excellent time for pursuing activities you already enjoy, as well as giving new things a go.
If you’re seeking some inspiration these school holidays, here are a few ideas that never get old:
Young writers who have their stories published show tremendous creativity, focus and discipline - some relish the chance to show their pieces to their friends and family, while other kids are motivated by the tangible goal of completing their work by a deadline. We love providing opportunities for kids to see their work published, and hereâs how we do it:
Have you ever listened to a child tell you a story that contains a million amazing ideas, but they don't quite fit together? Maybe you know adults with the same problem!
If our ideas are hard to follow, our audience will find it hard to enjoy the story. This is why it's important to structure our writing.
A well structured story:
As young writers become more confident, they can play with story structure (for example, by starting at the end). This can be a lot of fun! But it's still important to make sure all of the story elements are there, so that readers are never scrambling to fill in too many blanks.
How to help your child plan a well-structured story:
There are many ways you can do this, but here's one we use often!
Once they have their story idea, invite them to:
Then there is just one thing left to do: start writing the story!
Ria (Grade 3) used this prompt to a plan a story about her dog, Rex. Have a listen to her explaining her plan:
Ria turned her plan into a story by expanding her notes with details and descriptions. Read the finished story below!
How long did it take you to write The Significant Warrior?
It took me a year to write this book, between thinking of the idea and publishing it.
Did you have a clear idea in mind when you started, or did it develop as you wrote?
Actually, it was a bit of both. I had the idea of writing about ninjas, as I love writing about the Japanese warriors, but more ideas developed as I wrote, which shaped the story more.
What inspired this story?
Many people have inspired The Significant Warrior: my school principal, my Year 4 teacher, and even my swimming coach. They have all inspired me in their effort to make me an all-rounder.
I also thank my Workshop Leader Ben Pearmain, for being patient and listening to me, and reading my drafts.
I definitely also need to thank Amy Han (Director of Creative Write-it and an excellent author) for making my story into a reality.
What books have inspired you?
Books that have inspired me to write my book were the White Ninja series by Tiffiny Hall. It is a great series to read, and I recommend for all children of all different ages.
What did you enjoy most about writing The Significant Warrior?
I liked typing up my story, because new ideas came to my head while I did so. I also enjoyed working with Amy Han, as she helped me to publish my book.
Which part of the writing and publishing process did you find the most challenging?
I enjoyed every stage in the process, but my least favourite thing to do was to edit my story several times.
Would you like to write another book?
Yes, I would definitely like to write the sequel. Rorna still has some challenging obstacles to overcome!
The Significant Warrior is available from our bookshop. All royalties go to the author.
Where young writers (and some older ones) write.