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By Kevin McCann — Author and Poet

Cast aside all those writing frames and planning sheets for a while and see what happens when your children try a more free-ranging route into creative writing – Kevin McCann offers some inspiring starting points

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”...imagine what you are writing about. See it and live it.” Ted Hughes

I came across these words in Poetry in the Making by Ted Hughes. It struck me then (as it still does) as one of the best pieces of advice that I’ve ever been given. Like most apprentice writers, I was often frustrated by my apparent inability to get past laboured mechanical descriptions and actually begin to create atmospheric and evocative writing. Now, when I’m sitting on my own working on a new poem or story, I will often close my eyes and imagine what it is I’m trying to write about. Of course, it’s easy for me to do that in the silence and solitude of my own home. How can it be managed in a busy classroom?

Here are a few practical starting points.

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