Teaching Children How To Write A Creative Writing Story

Teaching Children How To Write Great Stories

When teaching children how to write, help them to focus on the the setting, the characters, the action and the conflict. Writing a creative writing story should bring out a child’s imagination.  Now, all writing when it comes to children’s stories should be creative so the approach to teaching children how to write should center on the elements of a good story.

The four elements of a good story are:

  • Setting
  • Character
  • Action
  • Conflict

If you have those four things you can write almost anything.  The key is making the story interesting by taking a special main character, putting them in a unfamiliar setting, causing conflict in their live and showing the action they take to overcome the problems.  That makes a special story.

Teaching children how to write engaging stories can be best served by focusing on the individual elements instead of the overall picture.  Start with a character, whether it’s a boy or girl, man or woman, old or young, rich or poor… just focus on the character.  Have them write a biography of the character so they begin to know the character intimately.

Next, give the character a problem to solve.  It must be a hard problem that he must be able to work at finding a solution.  The problem can’t be too hard or the character will give up.  Find a balance where the character may seek out a mentor or friend for help.  This is where the action takes place.

Finally, pit the main character against the problem, such as a villain or a bad guy or a bad character trait… just add something that will take the conflict to heights where the main character must fight to overcome his problem and learn from his endeavors.  In every story, you must have characters who are facing a challenge.  This conflict brings the story alive.

A child must also learn how to add in description to the story.  Describe what’s happening to the character, where he’s going, and what he’s doing to solve his problem.  Describing your characters makes the story more interesting and more personal.  Then end the story when you resolve the conflict.  This is teaching children how to write.


A. J. Westin is a children's adventure book author who specializes in writing stories kids really want to read. He has written over two dozen books and has dedicated his life to helping kids become better readers through his inspirational stories.
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