Creative writing isn’t anything like riding a bike. You can forget how to do it right and boy how much can you forget! I’ve heard numerous friends and family members say that years ago they had a story in their heart that they wanted to write- only to lose it as time went by. If you want to preserve your skills as a writer, you have to practice!
Be it Spring, Fall, Summer, or Winter break- you’ve still got to keep those creative juices flowing and finger muscles in shape! Here are some easy ways to retain your reading and writing skills over vacation time.
1. Read a book- everyday!
Now this one is obvious, but don’t take it the wrong way. Don’t finish a book everyday, just give a good book your attention at least once a day. It’s best to do so right before bed as this gives your mind the tools it needs for a fascinating series of dreams that could be the seeds for a future novel.
2. Write a short story or poem!
Some people fail to realize the importance of practicing their creative writing. By utilizing your inner talents as a composer, be it in poetry or in a short story, you better your cognitive skills. Give your mind a workout, take a break from vacationing to write up something interesting.
3. Crosswords and word searches!
This is a nifty trick for expanding your vocabulary and enhancing your basic comprehension skills. Grab a $1 book of word puzzles and invest some time in word searches or crossword puzzles. This exposure to words and phrases you wouldn’t normally encounter is a great learning tool!
What is Scribblenauts, you ask? This fantastic Nintendo DS series of games is a great tool for refining your wordplay and also a great tool for vocabulary expansion. In Scribblenauts, you type in a word or phrase into the DS and it’s automatically created. You use this ability to solve puzzles, fix problems, and traverse dangerous terrain. It’s a lot of fun and an easy way to practice your rhetoric and linguistic skills.
5. To the library!
This one should come across as a no-brainer, but many people underestimate the value of a casual library visit. That is to say, going to your local library as a leisurely activity as opposed to studying for a test or preparing a project. By scouting out the library for an entertaining book and flipping through a dozen others, you give your mind the stimulation it needs to retain it’s imagination and story-telling talents.