Let the creative juices flow!

Creative juices are a writer's mojo, their good luck charm, rabbit's foot, horse shoe and lucky penny all rolled up into one emotion. An urgency, mostly, that makes your muscles tighten up, your fingers tingle and gets you anxious to be keyboarding as furiously as possible. For if you don't, you feel you may lose it. The mojo will be gone... forever?

Writer's block, is, therefore, the pouring of those creative juices down the drain. But, I and this web-site, are about kids. Do they get writer's block? Do they need mojo to start writing? The answer is clear and simple. Of course they do.

Each and every one of us, including children, needs motivation to do anything. Some activities come easier than others because they take less mental strain. Those requiring new ideas, deep concentration and brainstorming are the most difficult and often the most rewarding. I have always found mental accomplishments to be just that, rewarding. A real feeling of satisfaction comes from creating a work of art, so to speak, that has come from nothing more than pure thought.

Since kids have had less time to experience this kind of excitement, the creative juices, they need a little nudge to get them going. Unfortunately, most parents take it too far. They end up writing the composition, essay or even finishing homework for the child. The only lesson the child gets from this is if he asks nicely again, or whines in that special way, mommy will help Kevin again, the same way. And Kevin can go and play.

No, No, No... aim them at the target, don't fire the gun! For our purposes I have provided you with a list if ideas that are intentionally incomplete. This shows how to give your child a teaser for a story idea without filling in the blanks. When the child asks you to fill in the blanks, you must resist the temptation to do so and encourage them to think a little about it. "I'm sure you will come up with something. Surprise me. I'll look forward to reading it."

Try writing a short story about...

The ... who came into town riding a ...

The girl with the ... that lost her ...

How ... found a ... on the sidewalk and earned ...

When the .... saw your ... and gave you a ride on the ...

How you imagine walking on ... would be if you were ...

Where all the .... go after ...

The mysterious ... that left ... never to ...

What would ... be like in the year ...

This is just an exercise, though some could certainly be used. The idea is to tweak just enough interest and then have them take over. This gets the creative juices flowing.

Tell them to fill in the blanks with at least three words or phrases in each place. The results can be useful and often entertaining.

Expand on this list as you see fit and keep it handy in case you run out of rainy day activities.

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