- How to instill creativity in your children in three not-so-easy steps.
You’d like your child to think, to explore, to imagine and create. It might take a bit of heavy lifting.
Do you know anyone with a crane?
Lucky for you, I don’t give up easily. In fact, I don’t give up at all.
- Goal: to get my son and his friend to work on a story for the upcoming (illustrated!) book #5 in the Li & Lu series.
- Challenge: he doesn’t wanna.
I had asked my son numerous times to “work on his story” with his friend. I knew I needed to ask in a different way (like not use the word “work”) or somehow make it more interesting, but I wasn’t finding the right connection. He wasn’t annoyed with me, he just wasn’t excited about it.
I needed a new tactic.
Don’t give up. You, hopefully, have more staying power than your kids. You can outlast their stubbornness. Besides, it’s for their benefit for you to win this one.
How to recruit your creative team, embrace technology and squash writer’s block.
I needed to find someone who wasn’t me. Someone to give the kids just that little head start from which they could continue on. I needed some fresh blood.
I combined several new approaches that I decided to try out.
- Friend’s mother: my son and her own son love her. I need her help.
- Techno-bribery: the boys love being on a computer or tablet. I could fall back on my trusty Google Docs and use that as bait to lure them in.
- Kill the blank page: the blank page can be scary and intimidating. Creating from nothing can be stressful. So I started their story for them.