In my home, creative writing is the most difficult subject. My son simply doesn’t enjoy the process. Over the years I’ve come to understand that for him to find value in the process he needs to feel like it’s relevant to him, his way of thinking. He needs to know that it’s valuable to his own interests. Which is why Fantasy Story Prompts are helpful.
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I don’t know about your kids, but mine is fascinated with fantasy adventure video games. These games where the player is taken through a fantastical adventure, unlocking clues as they interact with fictional characters along the way.
These fantasy adventures are in and of themselves epic novels set to video game play. They tell a story that over time becomes important to the players life. Similar to how the Harry Potter series of stories becomes a part of the readers life. My son’s most favorite is the Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda series. The first in the series was started in 1986 and the most recent release was just last year in March, 2017. To date there have been 18 releases of games that follow the legend’s story. When a gamer becomes enthralled with the story-line then they truly engage in an epic 3 dimensional novel that is full of adventure.
To play, the gamer must read, solve problems, and engage with fictional characters, and battle fictitious enemies to seek to restore the Kingdom of Hyrule. And, while I do not consider this game-play to be school. I do see the educational value in such gaming adventures.
How Adventure Fantasy Story Video Games Can Prompt Creative Writing
While we as adults might not understand the pull of such epic fantasy stories, the reality is our kids are finding adventure. We may not like it, but I choose to view it as a way to help my son expand his imagination.
And imagination is one of the keys to successful creative writing.
Not every boy or girl sits around daydreaming. My gifted, math minded, son is one who does not. He sees things very linearly. But, when he thinks of the characters that he has developed an affinity for, his mind thinks of many ways that the character can set off on adventures.
Fantasy story prompts are a way to take something a child is already interested in, and help them to put his thoughts to paper and develop his own story lines.
Free Fantasy Story Writing Prompts
While these fantasy story images aren’t identical to the gaming story that he enjoys playing they are similar in feel and design. Thus, they serve as prompts to expand his gaming thoughts into real, written stories.
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What kinds of stories do your kids enjoy? What inspires them? How do you take their interests and offer them opportunity to explore them fully? Share your thoughts in the comments with me.
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