by Georgie Smith, Age 13, UK
Every Thursday morning we’d all file into class with our little purple books and take to our allocated seats. Or rather that was what we were expected to do. It usually happened more like this: we’d all pile in, dropping coats and bags and tripping over each other, until, twenty minutes later, we were finally sat down. But Thursdays were always my favourite day–creative writing day.
I’ve been to five schools and all of the many teachers I’ve had have taught me to write a certain way. Yet at as young as six, I was complaining about the fact we had to write in third person or arguing about what actually constituted a paragraph. My style of writing, never seemed to fit in with that day’s lesson plan. We were very much taught to write in a certain way, from structure to content. The teachers eventually got so fed up with me that they put me in my own little seat at the back and just let me write. I’d do pages and pages and never be finished at the end of the lesson. I remember begging to stay in at break, much to my friends annoyance, because I just had to finish this last little bit.
But the main lesson I learned from all that was that everybody’s writing style is very different, and personally, I think the education system should allow more for this. Many people also find it hard to develop their own style that they feel comfortable using, but I strongly believe that there is no right or wrong way when it comes to writing. So for all of you out there who are struggling to find what suits you, my main advice would have to be don’t worry. If you’re stuck, just let your words flow in whichever way they please, and then come back afterwards and see how they formed. You could try and experiment using different styles such as first or third person, writing in verse or doing short stories, doing a lot at one time or a little, until you find something you are happy with.
Don’t worry to much about the “right way to do it” because I simply don’t think there is one. Although it is important to think about what your audience would like, write first and foremost for yourself. Don’t let others views shape the way you want to write.
Georgie Smith is a 13 year old writer from the Isle of Wight. Georgie says, “I remember being eight when I got a ‘How to Write’ kit as a present, and ever since then writing has been all I’ve wanted to do. The idea of being able to create worlds in other peoples minds just from your words, I find truly amazing. Writing has helped me get through a lot of things in life so I’m very grateful for every competition and opportunity out there.”