I’ve been making up stories since before I could read. My little scribbles evolved into short stories and articles and, eventually, chapter books. After all this time, I’ve discovered some unusual benefits from writing stories (besides “It’s a ton of fun.”) Here are a few:
- It’s so much more exciting than keeping a journal. Face it: real life is never as interesting as the world of make-believe.
- Your characters develop minds of their own. You never know what they will do next!
- Stories can be fun to discuss with your friends. Don’t be fooled; other people think writing is cool. Friends can help you with ideas and give great suggestions, even if they aren’t writers themselves.
- You write whatever you want. It’s amazing how interesting stories can become when you have no limitations. Fly in spaceships, slay dragons, and ride pink kangaroos– it’s all good!
- Teachers love you for it! I still remember my English teacher’s reaction when I told her I wrote a chapter book over spring break. Trust me: even if you have a hard time finishing your stories, teachers appreciate that you are writing for fun.
- It confuses your parents. They won’t know what to say when they see you doing something educational for fun!
Do you enjoy writing? Post your own reasons for writing fiction!