Being able express yourself is an ability that we all need, with some better equipped than others to make their feelings known.
Putting your thoughts down on paper is something that children are encouraged to do from their first days at school.
In a bid to ensure that it doesn’t become a dying art, The Falkirk Herald has launched its inaugural Young Writers Competition.
As well as encouraging youngsters to develop their writing skills, it is also highlighting the importance of reading to improve vocabulary and use of language.
Award-winning authors, including Nicola Morgan, Cathy MacPhail and Lynne Rickards, have all backed the initiative, recognising the importance of what it is trying to achieve.
Nicola said: “Reading and writing go together. If you don’t have the language you don’t have the ability to express your emotions, not just through creative writing, but throughout your life.”
The competition is open to all children from primary one to fourth year in secondary school.
There will be winners in every age group, as well as an overall Young Writer of the Year award.
Youngsters can write in any form they wish: prose, verse, in newspaper-style or even as a cartoon strip.
Their story can be an adventure, science-fiction, mythical, magical or a real-life tale.
The only thing which MUST be included is a reference to The Kelpies. The district’s latest iconic landmarks can feature as characters in the story or the Helix Park, where they are situated, provide a backdrop to where events take place, as long as Andy Scott’s sculptures get a mention.
Support has come from the Scottish Book Trust, which works with people throughout Scotland to promote the pleasures and benefits of reading and books.
There are some great prizes available, including books from the trust and a family meal at the Beancross restaurant, courtesy of Hannigan Hotels.
Winners will be announced during Book Week Scotland which runs from November 24-30.
Entries can be submitted through schools or by sending them to: Writing Competition, The Falkirk Herald, Unit 4A Gateway Business Park, Beancross Road, Grangemouth, FK3 8WX. Don’t forget to include your name, school and primary class. Entry closes at noon on Monday, October 20.