Helping a Reluctant Writer | 6 Tips from a Pro

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Cultivating Writing Confidence: 6 Tips to Help Your Reluctant WriterCultivating Writing Confidence: 6 Tips to Help Your Reluctant Writer

Special Host: Beth Purcell

Welcome to another episode of the Life Skills 101 podcast on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network! Today, we have a special guest, Beth Purcell from True North Homeschool Academy, joining us to discuss a topic that many homeschooling parents encounter – helping reluctant writers find their voice and confidence. Whether your child struggles with putting pen to paper or faces writing assignments with trepidation, these six tips will guide you in nurturing their writing skills. Let’s get started with our first reluctant writer tip.

Reluctant Writer Tip 1: Reorient – Discover Their Interests

The first step in helping a reluctant writer is to reorient their perspective on writing. Begin by understanding their interests, passions, and hobbies. Encourage them to write about subjects they genuinely care about. By tapping into their curiosity, you’ll motivate them to explore and express themselves through the written word.

Tip 2 for the Reluctant Writer: Reconstruct – Create a Supportive Writing Environment

Once you’ve identified their interests, reconstruct their writing environment to be inviting and inspiring. Set up a dedicated writing space with supplies readily available. Make sure they have access to books, journals, and other writing materials. A comfortable and inviting atmosphere can help alleviate writing anxiety.

Reluctant Writer Tip 3: Restrict – Start with Small, Achievable Goals

Reluctant writers often become overwhelmed by lengthy assignments. To avoid this, restrict the scope by breaking down tasks into smaller, manageable goals. Encourage them to write a paragraph, a sentence, or even just a word a day. Gradually, they’ll build confidence and feel less intimidated by the writing process.

Tip 4: Refine – Provide Constructive Feedback

Feedback is essential in improving writing skills. However, it’s crucial to provide constructive, not critical, feedback. Focus on their strengths first and then gently address areas for improvement. Offer guidance, suggest revisions, and celebrate their progress. This positive reinforcement will boost their confidence and motivation.

Tip 5: Release – Encourage Creative Freedom

As your reluctant writer gains confidence, it’s essential to release control and encourage creative freedom. Allow them to choose their topics and writing styles. Embrace their unique voice and style, even if it differs from your own expectations. This freedom will foster a sense of ownership over their writing.

Tip 6: Regroup – Seek Additional Resources and Support

Finally, if your child continues to struggle, don’t hesitate to regroup and seek additional resources and support. Consider enrolling them in a writing class or workshop tailored to their age and skill level. Online courses, writing coaches, and peer editing groups can provide valuable assistance and a fresh perspective.


Helping your reluctant writer find their voice and confidence is a journey that requires patience, understanding, and adaptability. Remember to reorient their perspective by tapping into their interests, reconstruct their writing environment for inspiration, restrict tasks into achievable goals, refine their skills through constructive feedback, release creative freedom, and regroup when necessary with external resources and support.

Beth Purcell from True North Homeschool Academy has shared these valuable insights with us today. Thank you for joining us on this episode of the Life Skills 101 podcast. We hope these tips empower you to guide your reluctant writer on a path toward becoming a more confident and capable wordsmith. Happy writing, and may your homeschooling journey be filled with creativity and growth!

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