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Child and literature: how to grow up new Tolstoy of

Parents are happy to find out that their child is talented. In children`s entertainments they are ready to see sprouts of the serious talent demanding their support. But when the speech comes about attempts of the child to express the thoughts, impressions and feelings through literature, parents treat it very watchfully. To behave properly if the child decided to devote himself to literature?

“All evening over the pieces of paper sat again and wrote something! Certainly, did not make lessons... How with it to be?“ - mother of the child who was engaged, in her opinion asks a question, a useless bumagomaratelstvo and, seemingly, is not going to throw this invention soon.

Any parent is happy to find out that his child is talented. Mother and the father rejoice when the child sings a song, correctly getting to all notes when tries, having reached a piano, to pick up a favourite melody when dresses up for memory and accepts in front of the mirror effective poses or says the whole improvised monologues. In similar children`s entertainments they are ready to see sprouts of the serious actor`s or musical talent demanding their support. Surprising business, but in most cases when the speech comes about attempts of the child to express the thoughts, impressions and feelings through literature, parents treat it very watchfully, and at times and is frankly hostile.

the Foggy future

Most of parents at least once yes tried to predict the future of the child - even doing about itself the reservation that all this only their own dreams, imaginations and fears, and life can develop absolutely differently. Before their eyes the images which were taking root into our consciousness at school lessons of literature rush: the cold young man with the manuscripts curtailed into a tubule shy knocks at the door of edition in which his verses, certainly, will not accept - despite all their genius. The poor writer dying in poverty somewhere in a removable closet under the proceeding roof... Whatever you may say, the unenviable fate, and any parent will make everything to protect the child from it.

However parents too hurry with conclusions. In - the first, not all those who in the childhood wrote verses kept desire to become poets at mature age. Cases when the child just outgrows the literary hobby are not so rare. Ask the friends: for certain some of them wrote verses or stories, however not only did not become professional writers, but also even never tried to publish the opuses. Someone at some point did not decide to go to literature, and someone initially knew that he writes personally for himself.

“in a table“ is present

In the writing of texts nothing bad. If for the child this hobby, then it is not lower a rank at all, than a collecting of figures of favourite heroes or computer games. Through creativity the child expresses the thoughts and feelings, and it helps it to transfer difficulties in communication with peers.

In - the second even if the desire of the child to become the writer over time will not disappear anywhere, and will only get stronger, in it there is nothing bad or menacing to his welfare in the future too. Of course, only units of writers can brag of the solid fees. If this moment is especially important for you, adjust the child on the fact that literature cannot be the main means of livelihood, and therefore it is important to get a good education and normally paid profession in the future to be capable or not to depend financially on favor of publishing houses, or to pay the edition of the books from own pocket.

Parents often forget that the child who is carried away by literary creativity at all not necessarily has to realize himself through fiction. In art of the word there are a lot of niches, and the creative person can realize herself very much differently. Perhaps, your offspring cannot brag of inclinations of the ingenious novelist, however it is impossible to exclude that he will leave the popular journalist with a courageous and ready pen. If you like to see the successor scientific, do not forget that ability it is accurate and clear to any star of science to commit the thoughts to paper still did not prevent - on the contrary, this big advantage for this purpose who writes serious scientific works. Besides there is such direction as scientifically - popular literature where it is very important that works were written, on the one hand, by the competent expert, with another - that their language was simple, available to the reader who does not have the corresponding education, and material supply - interesting and fascinating. Literary talent is necessary for the scientist for all above-mentioned.

of the Side of talent

of One of the reasons of the alerted relation of adults to verbal experiences of the child is the problem of an adequate assessment of results. Quite often happens so that, having read couple of stories of the son or daughter, the parent who first is adjusted on understanding completely is disappointed.“ I do not see at it talent, - the father or mother says. - He so is pleasant to write, he all free time sits, dreams, something thinks out there, and result very mediocre. Too to me, Dostoyevsky! It would not be desirable that it spent a half of the life for in what will never achieve good results“.

But also here too should not hurry with conclusions. In - the first, at any writer, even at the classic, the works written during all his life are not equivalent, and among them there are not only masterpieces, but also unsuccessful opuses which are republished only in complete works. And happens and so that the same work can have both indisputable advantages, and noticeable shortcomings. Therefore you do not hurry to paste a label of the graphomaniac and literary mediocrity on the child: it is not excluded that the beginning author just showed you not the most successful of the poems or stories.

In - the second, none of people are born with already created skills and the disclosed abilities, and stable results in creativity are always preceded by years of study. The good ear for music and a voice needs to be developed. Without training in the academic drawing even to the artist from God will transfer not easy to paper or a canvas the images arising in his consciousness. Similarly and with literary skill: the young writer cannot write the brilliant novel, without having learned to select exact and not banal epithets and to build good composition. Therefore it is strange to expect that the first text written by the talented child on own sincere rush will be faultless.

the Literary talent has many sides: someone can almost pick up an exact and capacious epithet at once, at someone as from a sleeve fascinating plots pour. At the same time other parties of literary gift can be weaker, and they should be developed. Practice shows that the literary talent develops in the person quite slowly that especially actually for prose writers. Not for nothing Pushkin wrote:“ Summer drive at severe prose, / Leta - a rhyme drive the minx“. And if 10 - summer the poet can compose an ingenious line, then even talented prose writers usually begin to write stylistically equal and kompozitsionno the verified texts not earlier than 15 years.

Unfortunately, excessively ambitious parents meet. Of course, it is pleasant when your child makes progress in study or creativity, however some perceive success and universal recognition of talents of the child as end in itself. The poetry and prose are very inconvenient to such parents as a reason for ambition. To prove presence at the child of musical talent, it is enough to report to relatives and friends about a victory at a musical competition or just about good marks at music school, and in a case with literature criteria and a way of an assessment of talent more indistinct. The literary Olympic Games are held rather infrequently, and it is not enough editions publishing children`s works, very much, therefore, the probability to be included in the plan of the publication for most of young poets is small. And if nobody begins to refuse to look at the children`s drawing hanging on a place of honor or removed on a camera of the mobile phone, then who will be delighted to prospect to spend a couple of hours for reading of the children`s story very little. In that case it is only necessary to remind parents that study, sport and creativity of the child are important first of all for him - and should not turn for parents into an occasion once again to brag of the successor.

How to cope with talent?

Whatever, it is important to parents to develop the correct line of conduct in the relation to its opuses. It is impossible to abuse the child at all for what he writes. It is possible, and it is often necessary, to make it the remark that he sat down for the next chapter of the novel, without having made before it lessons, - but in that case you have to abuse it for non-performance of educational duties, but not for the fact of occupations by creativity. Talk to the child, convince him that the inspiration will not escape from it anywhere if it postpones work on the works for that time when lessons are made.

Absolutely precisely cannot tear and throw out manuscripts - unfortunately, parents make this mistake quite often. Think: if for you it is only a pile of leaflets with numerous deletions which a little in what differ from school draft copies, then for it it is a child, these are his thoughts and experience which are splashed out on paper. Perhaps, the young author sat not one week over this text... Put yourself on its place: it would be pleasant to you if someone even if the loved one, in a minute destroys fruits of your long work? Scornful and the more so the hostile relation of parents to creativity of the child does not promote adjustment of the confidential relations in a family. Whatever was your view of children`s “literary trash“, remember that the child has the right for respect for the creativity.

any kind of creativity should be encouraged with

of Occupation. Eventually, it is worthy alternative to the main horror stories of modern parents - to swaying on the yards in the doubtful company or to sitting at the computer. So it developed that literary circles for school students 10 times less than music schools, drama schools and sports sections. If at you is in mind such circle, recommend it to the child, but if he refuses, do not insist. To young writers happens not easy to decide to show results of the creativity to other people, especially unfamiliar. Besides in similar circles are engaged in analysis of already ready works, sometimes advising them in one way or another to finish. The head does not interfere with creative process, unlike, for example, drawing when the teacher can, in time having noticed a mistake, to podshtrikhovat or erase some lines, thereby with own hand helping to improve work. Literary creativity in this sense costs independently since actually creative process happens without foreign assistance. The young writer has to endure some moments alone with himself to come to new level. Therefore to throw all forces on search of literary circle there is no urgent need.

Councils to parents of young writers

  1. the Important point is schooling of the beginning writer to criticism. Happens that the parents movable by the most good motives to teach the child to write good texts, criticize his works in such manner that at the author the desire in the future quickly vanishes to show them the opuses and even to continue to compose. That it did not happen, abstain from estimates of the most young writer - estimate the concrete text and its concrete party. To the formulation: “To you as I will have a look, above the average level not to rise“, - prefer designs it seems:“ This character should have paid more attention, he one of the main characters so try to add more details to its portrait description“. If you see that your remark touched the child, remind him what in his forces to learn to write better, than he writes today. Be tactful and benevolent. The quiet and weighed relation to criticism which you will manage to create at the child surely is useful to it in further life - and not only in the situations connected with literary creativity.
  2. Allow the child to participate in the literary Olympic Games. Usually on such competitions several tasks for the choice are given, and not only it is art - literary character (so-called creative section), but literary and publicistic. Do not abuse the child if he did not take a prize. In such actions not the victory, but experience of participation, experience of writing of the coherent text on the set subject in a limited period is more important.
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  4. to The one who seriously is going to become a writer, recommend to read more classical literature and good journalism (the last is more actual for seniors). Explain to the offspring that for achievement of success in any business it is necessary to get acquainted with results which were achieved by his predecessors.

your child Has big literary talent or not, he will become the famous writer, it will be limited to a writing of poetry “in a table“ or over time in general will throw literary occupations, will show only time. But to you, dear parents, it is important not to lose trust of the child in such situation and to keep at it feeling that the closest people are respectful to everything that to it it is expensive and important.