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Christmas Writing Challenge Workbook

Christmas Writing Challenge Day 1: How to Plan Your Writing

It is vital to write a plan before you start writing. If you don’t, it will cause several problems, one way or another.

The saying, ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’ is not a source of fiction – it is true. However, trying to get this message across to young children is not always so easy. If your child struggles with paragraphing, you’re probably nodding your head in agreement to that!

Writing paragraphs are important.

Here are a few reasons why you should plan your writing:

  • If you plan, then you will know what to write, so your story will make much more sense and will not have gaps.
  • Planning your story will help ensure that each scene flows into the next, creating a smooth and cohesive account. A cohesive story is a story that makes sense and flows in a logical order.
  • Planning will help you stay on track, ensuring that your story has a clear beginning, middle, and end.
  • If you have a plan for your writing, your story will be stronger.
  • If you have a plan, then your writing will be good. If it is confusing, it will make it more difficult to understand, and if you are writing for a test, it will cost you a lot of marks!

Video Tutorial: How To Write A Good Plan

Watch today’s video, the first of the Christmas Writing Challenge to find out why planning is vital for all writing tasks and how to go about it effectively.