11 Plus Creative Writing by Robert Lomax

Few children need much help to be creative. The problems start when they have to write down their ideas. Grammar and spelling are distracting for the writer – and, if they go wrong, for the reader. Simply choosing the right words to express an idea or an emotion can be a significant challenge.

Another difficulty comes from the fact that the most creative ideas often start out messily – a tangle of impressions, feelings, characters and settings. On the other hand, conveying an idea effectively in the form of a short story requires it to be simple, with an uncomplicated structure. Learning what to leave out and what to alter – how to pull logic out of chaos – is not easy.

The following graphic, which is designed to be printed on as large a sheet as possible and stuck above a young writer’s desk, summarises the advice given in my 11 Plus creative writing guide. It features 12 easy-to-learn hints which will help children practise effectively for their exams, as well as showing them how to make the most of their homework tasks – not to mention helping them produce satisfying results when writing for pleasure.