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My ongoing blog on lessons in writing. I have to admit. This is not my meme above. Yes, it actually belongs to whoever blogs at Godlywriters.coom. I’m not sure what’s even on their website, but… since what I’ve been blogging and what is on this meme go hand in hand, I put it on my blog.

Encourage your young writers to develop a deep interest in one area. I always suggest that a child should be encouraged to develop a deep area of study which brings them the greatest interest and joy. Our son loves to study legos and Minecraft. I love to study and write about homeschool, church music and worship, choir ideas and life. Often the area of interest is the one that God uses in writing to minister and reach the hearts of others. As the subject area of interest is pursued (collecting information, studying intensely, gathering interesting information), sharing that knowledge and love through conversation or writing will come naturally!

Encourage your children to take a look at different authors. What is it that they like about the writing of these other authors Is it meaty, deep, funny, light, short, long? What do they want to imitate… conversational, peppy, serious, teaching, intelligent formal, informal? Teach them to pattern their writing after their new found favorite authors’ writing style. Teach them to become a student of classic writers. Encourage them to use copywork to help them in the area of patterning writing styles.

Start keeping journals.  Journaling tempers writing, brainstorms ideas for writing projects, gives logical flow and order, eliminates the fluff in writing, develops thoughts fully, and challenges the thinking process. In journaling, the writer has an outlet for their heart as it fills with great ideas, strong emotion and gentle spirit. The journal helps the writer to continue thinking so that great thoughts can be explored and developed. Journaling always pays off as it teaches young writers that they have many great thoughts and ideas the need to be written down to give to future generations.

Stay tuned to the next and final re-blog of Lessons on Writing.

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