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10 things my parents did to help me with creative writing

Creative writing is a form of self-expression that can be incredibly rewarding. It can also be a lot of fun, but it takes practice to get good at it.

Here are 10 things my parents did to help me with creative writing:

1. Encouraged me to write for fun

Creative writing can be a great way to express yourself, and my parents encouraged me to do it for the sheer joy of it. I can remember from a young age, being given notebooks and pens and being told to just write whatever comes to mind.

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2. Let me borrow their books, even if they weren’t necessarily in my genre

My parents were always willing to let me borrow their books, even if they weren’t in my genre. This helped expose me to a variety of writing styles and genres and gave me some great writing inspiration.

3. Bought me journals and pens or pencils

A lot of good writing comes from practice, and what better way to practice than by keeping a journal? My parents bought me journals and pens or pencils so that I could write whenever and wherever I wanted.

4. Gave me constructive feedback on my writing

One of the best ways to improve your writing skills is to get feedback from others. My parents gave me constructive feedback on my writing, which helped me improve my skills over time.

5. Let me read their work aloud to them

My parents also let me read their work aloud to them, which gave me some great insight into their writing process. I was able to learn from their mistakes and see what worked well for them.

6. Taught me about grammar and punctuation

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A big part of writing is understanding the basics of grammar and punctuation. My parents taught me about these things, which helped me create cleaner, more polished pieces of writing.

7. Bought me writing-related gifts for special occasions

My parents always bought me writing-related gifts for special occasions, such as birthdays and Christmas. This showed me how important they felt the writing was to me and helped keep me motivated to continue improving my skills.

Creative writing can be a lot of fun, but it takes practice to get good at it. By following these 10 tips, you too can improve your creative writing skills and produce pieces that you can be proud of.