Dear Amy: How can I become a better creative writer over the summer? — Beatrice W., Boston, Massachusetts
Dear Beatrice: Did you know that most great writers are also avid readers? They read all different genres of books and short stories to discover the styles they like best. This is something you can easily do over the summer, since you won’t have homework taking up your spare time.
If you don’t currently read for pleasure, you’ll be surprised to find how much fun a good adventure, mystery or biography can be. If you are not sure where to start, you might try a site such as Book Adventure, bookadventure.com/kids_zone.aspx, to help you create a list of books you can look for that are about topics you’re interested in.
Writing takes practice, and one great way to get practice is to keep a journal over the summer. Write down your thoughts, describe funny incidents that happen and record favorite memories. Many successful authors write stories based on their own life experiences, which is why keeping a journal is a terrific habit to get into if you want to become a better writer. Share your stories with a trusted friend to get a fresh perspective.
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