As any published author will tell you, becoming a good writer takes practice. When it comes to tweens, some smart tactics can do a lot to encourage their storytelling skills. Along with reading a lot, here are some other tips to encourage your budding talent:
• Writing space: Consider making a location in the home a haven for writing. Sometimes a simple desk and chair in a quiet area is all that's required.
• Writing paper: Stock a variety of paper sizes for different writing projects.
• Writing tools: Of course, be sure to stock paper and pens, and if you can afford it, consider a home computer.
• Reference books: Editing is also part of the writing process so a dictionary to check spelling, a thesaurus for better word choices, and even a rhyming dictionary can be a great help.