Inspiration Strikes

An idea for a story is an elusive thing. We need to grab hold of each one when they pop along, else they’ll disappear. I share the small buzz of joy a child feels when they’ve thought of an idea for a story. A child from one of my clubs spontaneously asked me if I wouldn’t mind selecting a random object from the room that she could use for a story (rather than a picture I had selected). Off I briefly went, excitedly coming back to present a rather cute toy dog and toy mouse (I couldn’t resist), both of which were warmly appreciated and a new story idea began to take root...Phew! The girl came up with the name 'Poc-Poc', short for pocket dog- an awesome name choice!

When an idea is shared it’s often in a fleeting moment, full of hope and anticipation, like a wave that comes and goes. Another one will come along but it won’t be exactly the same as the previous one. Each idea with its own unique character, embellished by the emotional climate in which it was made. Once an idea takes hold, new connections and possibilities come to the surface to be explored.  

When our minds are relaxed, we open up a channel for ideas to reveal themselves and join us on an adventure. It sometimes feels as though great ideas have always been there and they were just waiting for the right moment to come out. 

Space and time are vital for creativity to flourish. Being out in nature is soothing, it is a space where ideas often spring to mind. That’s why when I teach children online, I know how beneficial it is to give them the space and quiet they need to think clearly. There’s a time for chatting and a time for quiet reflection. To let thoughts and feelings, big or small, gently wash over them, allowing for moments of inspiration to come their way.

Framing these moments without any need for writing encourages children’s imagination to run freely. In today’s world children are under a lot of pressure to perform well in school tests and exam revision can feel robotic, tedious and stressful. An antidote to this stiff process can be found in giving some control back to children that they crave. Rather than replicating the same experience of the classroom, giving children free reign in a writing session can be far more enjoyable and productive long-term. This is because they are in the driver’s seat, which of course they absolutely love. Yes, there are times when they need someone to jump in and gently steer them in the right direction. This is where my teaching experience come in most useful- sensing the right moment to enquire, how much or little help someone needs and how they’d like to receive it. This intuitive and fun approach helps children to make sense of the world and celebrates spontaneity.

In a noisy world, spaces for children to think and do, to express freely, in order to discover their voice and who they are have never felt more beneficial.

Posted on June 18th 2021

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