My teen is bored with the kinds of writing she is asked to do in school and is starting to hate writing altogether. How can I get her to stay interested?
Next, I would offer her a lofty goal or dream, one that even a teen is ready for: I would suggest that if her school writing bores her and if she can make the time for it (after her schoolwork gets done), then she might think about working on a short story, an article, or even a novel or a nonfiction book. But before making this suggestion, I would make sure that she is bored because her school tasks are uninteresting and not because she is worried about or embarrassed by her writing skills. I would ask the question directly: "Honey, is it that the tasks are too boring or are you worried about your writing skills?" Depending on her answer, she might need a little positive reinforcement or even tutoring before she embarks on her first creative writing project.