However, I will say because I am not sure of this matter, I prefer to not delve into it purely for the fact that for me as I am unsure, it is something doubtful, a grey area. Therefore my children do not write fiction accounts and stories.
When my eldest daughter was learning to write and developing her early writing skills, we used to do a lot of story writing! Since leaving that, we haven't really done any "free writing" as such, instead we have been using factual accounts and Islamic Studies as a means to practice writing development.
However, I feel it is difficult to express your own creative thoughts and ideas when writing in this way. I wanted her to learn how to express her own ideas and thoughts because it is an important writing skill to have. And so, after maybe a year of no creative writing, today we found a way to explore this again but using non-fiction Alhamdulillah!
All I did, was find a few pictures online to act as a writing prompt. I gave her 4 images to choose from, and in this instant, she chose a pink cottage house with a perfectly manicured garden!
I asked her to begin her writing with "I think that...." and continue to write what her thoughts are on the house, what type of people or family might live there, what she likes, what she would do if she lived in such a house etc etc.
So in this way, she was able to explore and express her own thoughts and ideas . It has been a long while since we did any kind of free writing, so we need to work on building up our skills inshaAllah. But I think its a pretty neat way to encourage expression of thoughts and ideas and to develop articulating them inshaAllah.
Just to add -after a long time of not understanding the point of pinterest, I have finally "got it"..although still learning!
I'm slowly building up my pinterest list of boards and pins of useful ideas which I think may be useful "one day" inshaAllah!
I've made a pinterest board to gather images to use for non-fiction creative writing prompts, which I plan to continue adding to inshaAllah. So feel free to check that out! (it is very much a work in progress!).