One of the most important components of creative writing is a wide and varied vocabulary. The easiest way to acquire a good vocabulary is by reading. I remember my English teacher saying to the class that he didn’t mind what we read as long as we read something – even cornflake packets! For parents it is really worthwhile persevering until you find something that your son or daughter will read; it’s better that they read football magazines than nothing at all! Unfortunately these days many pupils are quite resistant to any type of reading and teachers have to resort to other means to improve.
While browsing on-line I found this picture which illustrates wonderfully how rich a language English is.