Writing tips

Here are some tips to make your writing exciting.

  • Be descriptiveYou could write: "The girl had curly hair." Or, you could say: "Samantha's hair looked like dozens and dozens of Slinkys and bounced wildly as she walked."
  • Tell a story about going to the dentist. Are you a little nervous? Are you very brave? Use lots of description.
  • Use plenty of action words. Instead of saying "The boy stubbed his toe and said 'Ow'," try this: "Andrew sped through the living room, smashed his big toe into the side of the coffee table and hollered. 'Ouch!' he yelled. 'Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, why the table and not the couch?'"
  • Think of all five senses as you write. Imagine that your friends are reading your story. How can you be sure to keep them interested? Describe things in your story, so that your friends can see, hear, taste, smell or touch them. A lemon is yellow and can definitely be sour, but isn't it more interesting to say that a lemon is the color of midsummer sunshine and is so tart and tangy that your entire face puckers?
  • Have fun with your words. You can make them rhyme, sing or dance across the page. Imagine how your story would sound if it were sung, instead of spoken. Or make one of your characters speak only in rhymes (and drive the other characters bonkers!).

Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Write a poem about your teeth and how to take care of them. If you need ideas, see our poetry page.
  • Tell a story about going to the dentist. Are you a little nervous? Are you very brave? Use lots of description and plenty of action words.
  • Write a story about the tooth fairy. Where does she live? Does she have a name, other than Tooth Fairy? What does she do with all of those teeth? What does she look like? (Or is the tooth fairy a he?)
  • Tell a funny story about losing a tooth. It can be a true story, or you can make one up. We know a girl who lost her first tooth at a birthday party. She bit into a gooey chocolate candy bar. When she took the candy bar out of her mouth, her tooth was sticking straight out of it!