Storytelling is a way to connect with people. Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, sharing stories brings people together.
Meg Medina told TIME for Kids that a shared story can “help you imagine, help you feel something. And in my case, it had the added benefit of giving me my roots.” Family is a frequent theme in Medina’s books.
You can get inspiration from family stories, too! Ask a relative to tell you a family story. Listen closely. Think about what that story makes you see. Think about how it makes you feel. Then go write. You can write the story exactly as it was told to you. You can explain what it means to you. Or you can let it be the spark for something totally new. Try turning it into a fictional story.