Science fiction writer Annet Libeau recently discussed how to get your children started with creative writing.

Creative writing isn’t just for adults. In fact, creative writing is an ideal way to help kids express their thoughts and ideas in a productive, imaginative way. However, with current technologies, like smartphones and tablets, taking the place of journals and books, it may seem difficult to get your child started with the hobby of creative writing. Science fiction writer Annet Libeau recently discussed several tips for encouraging your kids to start this beneficial lifelong hobby.

“Creative writing takes time, and that’s a difficult commodity to acquire these days,” Annet Libeau said. “It’s important to carve out a specific amount of time for creative writing, so your child is able to brainstorm and write without major constraints.”

Annet Libeau explained that it seems like kids have less and less free time every year. Creative writing requires a very high level of thinking, so it’s important to clear a larger slot of time for this activity than some others. Annet Libeau added that creating a comfortable and peaceful writing environment can also be of major benefit. Set up a clear area for focusing and writing at home, but also carry a journal and pen with you on the road. This will allow your child to capture thoughts and ideas on the go.

“There are also a number of ways you can use prompts to encourage your child to write,” Annet Libeau said. “A variety of writing workbooks are readily available, but you can also help spark a child’s imagination by collecting images from flyers or magazines for when they need a little extra encouragement.”

Annet Libeau added that local writing workshops can be ideal for all ages. Many local libraries hold workshops throughout the year as well as local bookstores and more. Dave Eggers created 826 National, a writing, publishing, and tutoring company, to help creative writers of all ages and skill levels. Several stores are located around the country, and one could be located near you. Additionally, Annet Libeau explained that individual writing mentors or tutors can be of great help, if you’re having a difficult time getting your child started on your own.

“Of course, a major part of creative writing stems from reading,” Annet Libeau said. “Always encourage reading, and not just once in a while. Reading should be encouraged on a daily basis, because you don’t become a writer by writing, you become a writer by reading.”

Annet Libeau finished by stating that the best way to encourage your child to begin creative writing is to make the process as fun and comfortable as possible. Limit screen time and encourage your child to look within for a world of unlimited entertainment.