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National Encourage a Young Writer Day – April 10, 2023

National Encourage a Young Writer Day is celebrated each year on April 10. Most children are natural storytellers. Their vivid sense of imagination and creativity allows them to come up with extraordinary stories. Children who are avid readers tend to be meticulous storytellers. Reading cultivates imaginations, vocabulary, and discipline – three things that are crucial to writing and storytelling. If you know a young person who loves to read, it may be a sign of a great young writer. National Encourage a Young Writer Day is a good time to talk to young writers about their ideas and dreams.

History of National Encourage a Young Writer Day

National Encourage a Young Writer Day allows budding and new writers to work on their writing. This day inspires and motivates these emerging writers to follow their passion and to practice their art. However, there is no specific information on when and how this day came into existence.

For the longest time, it was assumed that writing had been invented in a single civilization, in ancient Sumer specifically. This writing system worked and was then passed on by traders or merchants traveling across the world. However, the discovery of the scripts of ancient Mesoamerica, far away from Middle Eastern sources, proved that writing had been invented by multiple civilizations in different periods. Scholars now recognize that writing may have independently developed in at least four ancient civilizations — Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and in the area of Southern Mexico, and Guatemala. It was in ancient Egypt that the earliest solid evidence of Egyptian writing differs in structure and style from the Mesopotamian and must therefore have developed independently.

By 1300 B.C. there was evidence of a fully operational writing system in late Shang-dynasty China. There are also several places such as the Indus River Valley and Rapa Nui (Easter Island) where writing may have been invented, but it remains doubtful. Although these dates suggest that writing could have spread out from one central point of origin, there is little evidence of any links between these systems. Each system possesses unique qualities. Very little about the origins of writing is known and for this reason, it continues to be an exciting area of study.

National Encourage a Young Writer Day timeline

400 A.D.
“Aesop’s Fables”

The earliest version of “Aesop's Fables” appears on papyrus scrolls.

1744
A Little Pretty Pocket-Book

The first book intended for children's reading pleasure is written.

1897
Enid Blyton

The best-selling children’s author of all time is born.

1920s
A Shift in the Publishing Industry

Children's picture books become an industry of their own.

National Encourage a Young Writer Day FAQs

How do you encourage a young writer?

  • Remind them that practice makes perfect
  • Encourage journaling
  • Suggest comic book writing
  • Try wild writing

Why is creative writing said to be an art?

Creative writing is most commonly considered an art form. The creative arc of a plotline and the narrative voice draws a natural link between this pleasurable pastime and the artistic world.

What are the four forms of creative writing?

The four main types of writing are expository, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative. Each of these four writing genres has a distinct aim, and they all require different types of writing skills.

How To Celebrate National Encourage a Young Writer Day

  1. Gift a journal

    Gift a journal to a young writer on National Encourage a Young Writer Day. They can jot down their ideas and inspirations when it strikes them.

  2. Offer resources

    Offer young writers with resources that they need for their writing. You can also help them with research work and other materials.

  3. Encourage reading

    Reading opens doors that you never knew existed. Encourage young writers to read - this will make them worldly and it will also improve their vocabulary.

5 Facts About Writers That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. James Joyce never returned to Ireland

    Almost all his stories are set in Ireland, and Irish culture and history are featured regularly in his works even though he never returned after he turned 30.

  2. Jack Kerouac never learned to drive

    Kerouac is famous for his ‘on-the-road’ novels, but he could not drive.

  3. Virginia Woolf had an unlikely room

    The room she had all to herself was a pigsty.

  4. Dan Brown had an unusual career

    Brown was a pop singer before he became a famous novelist.

  5. Agatha Christie disliked her character

    She called her character, Hercule Poirot, a “detestable, bombastic, tiresome, egocentric little creep.”

Why We Love National Encourage a Young Writer Day

  1. This day encourages young writers to explore their skills

    National Encourage a Young Writer Day encourages new talent. The day urges all of us to recognize the writing talents of young individuals and to help them sharpen their skills.

  2. Children discover their talents

    Some children may be great writers without them realizing it. National Encourage a Young Writer Day can help children discover their latent talents.

  3. Healthy habits are formed

    National Encourage a Young Writer Day also forms healthy habits in young people such as reading, writing, and spending time by yourself.

National Encourage a Young Writer Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 10Monday
2024April 10Wednesday
2025April 10Thursday
2026April 10Friday
2027April 10Saturday

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