Creative writing: Should children be encouraged to develop their skills in this field from an early age? The straight forward answer to that question is yes. Why? Because it is absolutely necessary.
Creative writing forces a child to develop, use and build on their imagination. It makes children more aware and observant of their surroundings and allows them to develop a healthy inquisitiveness, which in turn forms the basis of learning and paves the way for a life-long hunger for knowledge. It introduces children to writing from different narratives – which develops their understanding of all sides of a story and not just one perspective.
The skill of digging down deep and not just taking stories (and everyday encounters and events) at the surface level is extremely important and will remain with children throughout their lives. It encourages children and adolescents to investigate a situation, understand it from the various perspectives and cling to the idea that there is more to the situation than meets the eye.
Rudimentary English classes in schools lays the ground work for understanding the nature of the language. Creative writing helps elaborate on the importance of storytelling and writing. It helps children and adolescents see how stories are in integral part of our culture – stories give life to their imaginations and creativity; they allow children to discover and explore the world and the many ways it can be seen and understood. And most important of all, they help children realize that stories are the base of all things – a sacred geometry of sorts.
It is wrong to limit the exposure children have to creative writing by assuming that it is for adolescents only. This not only starves off the creativity and imagination of young children, but also stops them from discovering new ways of looking at themselves. It is through creative writing that children discover the sacred little details and perspectives of the world around them.
To introduce and teach creative writing to children is one of the best gifts one can give to their rich imagination and developing minds.