Five Ideas to Keep You Writing Over the Summer Holidays

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One of the best ways to improve your spelling is by making writing a part of your daily routine, but while you’re not at school, university, or work, chances are you won’t have as many opportunities to practise. Whether you’re going away for just a few days or you have the whole summer off, here are five ideas to make sure you keep writing:

  1. Look out for opportunities to practise in your established routine

    From texting, to commenting on social media posts, to writing shopping lists, it’s possible that your day is already filled with writing that you don’t even realise you’re doing. Pay attention to these moments and commit to using full words (instead of abbreviations and emojis!) and sentences as much you can.
  2. Every person has a book in them – what’s yours?

    Why not get started on the story you’ve always wanted to write? If fiction isn’t for you, perhaps you might like to try your hand at poetry or screenplays. Now’s the time to put your life story or family history into words. Creative writing is one of the most fun and rewarding ways to get that practice in!
  3. Keep a diary

    During a holiday is the perfect time to try keeping a diary – you’ll probably have more to document than usual.

    You might want to keep a traditional diary in a private notebook, or you might want to branch out into blogging or scrapbooking instead. As for what to include – the possibilities are endless! As well as a record of your thoughts and actions, you could document anything from books you’ve read, to your exercise routines, to your favourite recipes. Pinterest is a great place to find journaling and scrapbooking ideas.
  4. Find yourself a pen pal!

    Letters and emails are a great way to connect with friends and family while practising your writing at the same time. This type of communication allows you to really think about what you want to say – why not team up with someone who wants to improve their writing too? Your correspondence could include challenges such as writing about a specific subject or trying to fit in every word from a pre-arranged list.

    If you would prefer to write to someone you don’t know, many charities pair people up with vulnerable members of the community who are looking for someone to correspond with.
  5. Use writing to expand or share your knowledge of an existing hobby

    Your writing practice doesn’t have to be separate from your existing hobbies – in fact, it’s the type of skill that fits alongside almost any activity. Online forums and groups are a great place to build on the skills you already have and to chat with others who share your interests. Alternatively, if you’d like to share your knowledge with other people, why not try writing a blog? You could share recipes, film reviews, DIY instructions – the sky’s the limit!

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23 Jul 2018
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"I ran the trial with a small group of students over three weeks before the summer holidays," she says. "I quickly saw the benefits, and signed up."

King's Leadership Academy, Warrington