Sunday, January 09, 2011
Birth Of An Author?
I'm not sure if I mentioned this on my blog already, but my 6.14 year old homeschooled son and I recently conceived and started writing a *story*.
It's about a personified pencil - PencilEd (a play on "pencil head"), his severed hindquarters EraserBurt (a play on "eraser butt"), and sundry similar characters. See his post - Pencil Ed.
Anyways I came up with the initial idea (I think), we talked about it a lot, and then set to work trying to sketch the cast and storyline.
Eventually we sat down, me at my PC and my son 6 feet away at his, and I created a *shared* Google Doc so he could read along as I started typing up the ideas we had been jawboning. I kind of got into it a little but my son....he was absolutely RIVETED in his seat.
It was all he wanted to do for weeks thereafter!
"Dad, can we do some more PencilEd???", became a nagging refrain.
I did do a little more with him but then I checked out on our joint-venture completely. PencilEd was a casualty of limited time and priorities. A horrible homeschooling parent, I've been leaning more and more on edu-activities THAT DID NOT INVOLVE ME.
But in hindsight my negligence looks like a masterstroke. One day a couple of weeks ago the 6 year old Prince sat down and continued the story all on his own. He implored me to take a look at it more than a few times but I never did - until just the other day.
I was absolutely blown-away with what he wrote. And when I showed it to my first wife she too was incredulous, and interrogated me hard as to whether or not I *helped* him. I most certainly DID NOT.
Here's a link to a copy of our very rough story. The beginning is almost all my work but I clearly indicate where my son takes over:
What do y'all think?
I was particularly taken aback by his penchant for *suspense* and *flow*; and I like how he changed fonts/font sizes for emphasis. He is only 6 after all.
But realize that he's read nothing short of a bazillion books already. So he's well-aquainted with basic literary form.
Prince C-Nut - Book Devourer
Raising a Bibliophile.