At Writing with Design, we’re overwhelmingly passionate about helping young writers untangle the complex process of writing. And whether you’re teaching essay writing or creative writing, you already know that it’s all about building their confidence and giving them the tools they need. So today, we wanted to share some questions you can ask your students during that next creative writing assignment. Maybe they’re stuck on the first sentence. Or maybe they’re rolling away, but they’re also ready to dig in deeper into their creativity. Pick one or two of these questions or a handful. Either way, you’ll be putting them on the path to writing success.
1. What’s the message or the takeaway from your story?
2. Have you thought about telling your story from a different point of view?
3. What subplots are supporting the main plot?
4. Which goals, values, habits, and idiosyncrasies does the main character have?
5. What happened to shape the situation before the story even started?
6. What would change about the story if you added another character or another event?
7. What is your stories strongest attribute?
8. How do symbols play a part in the evolution of your story?
9. What is the mood you’re trying to set for the reader?
10. How would your story sound if it was read aloud?
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