Picking a topic that is within a child or student’s bank of knowledge is key in motivating them to write. If there is not a bank of knowledge, then the parent or teacher ends up doing all the thinking for the student and that is not the goal. This is especially crucial when working with elementary students or a reticent writer, so you must try to think of topics that the child knows something about and is interested in. This alleviates the “I don’t know what to write, or I can’t think of anything,” response when the student is asked to write. If you are having trouble coming up with topics or prompts and don’t know quite how to proceed once you have the prompt, it might be worth your time to take a look at our creative writing book. It is designed to make writing an independent and fun experience that does not require parental guidance, because the entire writing process is explained to the student in such a way that it is easy to understand and do.