Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Yesterday, my 6 year-old found a notebook and a pen and started writing. When I noticed, he showed me what he had written: A bunch of squiggly lines across the page.


"I'm writing a book," he informed me.

I asked him to read it to me, and he launched into a story about his little sister playing with a friend. Then he stopped. "I haven't decided what these two squiggly lines say. I still have to write the next chapter."

After that, he started writing all the words he knew. And may I just say how giggly it makes me that he knows the word "Bob"? Right up there at the top. If you're writing a book, 'Bob' is an essential word. N'est-ce pas?

This, more than anything else makes me feel like a writer (okay, maybe getting published would top it). My kids see what I do, and accept it as the way it is. Not only that, they want a piece of it. (Little do they know what they're getting into!)

What makes you feel like a real writer?

P.S. Happy Birthday Lenny! Eleven is a lucky number. :D

26 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

A few years ago in preschool, the kids were asked all kinds of questions for a gradulation booklet. One of the questions was: what do your mom and dad do? My son said that I was a writer. That made my day. Especially when the only thing he could say about daddy was that he works all day in tower downtown. :D

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

:) Happy Birthday, Lenny!!!!!

What makes me feel like a writer...the two little credits on my sidebar remind me that I am a writer. The books on my bookshelves remind me of how far I have to go....

Joanne said...

How wonderful that your children know and respect your craft. I feel like a writer when I'm immersed in a writing session, and the hands on the clock just keep turning without my even being aware of time passing. I'm just completely engrossed in the words.

Angela Felsted said...

That's awesome. Whenever we have family prayer in the morning, my seven-year-old daughter prays, "Please help that Mom will be a good writer today."

And I figure that's a good thing because I need all the help I can get.

Lola Sharp said...

Awww...that is SO CUTE!! (my heart just squeezed)

"Bob"! SO darn adorable.

Thanks for sharing. :)

Love,
Lola

Megan Hoover-Swicegood said...

I needed that story today - made me crack a HUGE smile. Thanks :) That's truly awesome.

Susanne Drazic said...

Oh, how sweet! Thanks for sharing this!

Emy (Sandy) Shin said...

Aw, your son is so adorable. :)

Lynn said...

And he has such neat printing! That's an anomaly in our day of texting of typing.

I'm not sure what makes me feel like a real writer maybe because I'm not sure I have ever felt like a real writer yet.

Elana Johnson said...

My daughter does the same thing! I'm always saying, why don't you write words other people can read? And then she will. So cute!

And I feel like a real writer when I write. Profound, I know.

Christopher said...

that is pretty damned adorable, i remember when i was little i'd try to make my own newspapers but i didnt want to write any articles so it was just lines and comic strips

Melissa said...

This is adorable!!!!

I feel like a writer when I sit down and write!

Vicki Rocho said...

I love the squiggle lines. I remember doing that when I wanted to write in cursive. It was such a mystery to me.

EVERY writer needs to know Bob. hahahaha. Adorable!

Jemi Fraser said...

I love that he knows Bob!! Essentials :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

What a fun story, Janet! :-)

I love the new look of your blog!!!

Jen Daiker said...

I love!!! I love, love, love!!! This was so cute. It has to make you feel like a million dollars! Look at you... You're a Cool Mom!

Jackee said...

Awesome! I have one similar that makes me feel like a writer--when I overhear my 7 yo proudly tell her friends that her mom writes books.

Missed Periods said...

So cute! And if you're going to write a book using primarily one word, "Bob" is a great choice. It's a name, it's a hairstyle, and it's an activity involving apples.

Madeleine said...

Oh bless that is adorable!
I guess when people enjoy what I write and when I get stuff published and when others comment on my stuff and just when I read stuff I've written back to myself. Thanks for joining my shameless plug blog hop, too. :O)

Patti said...

It is exciting when your kids see it as what you do.

Amie Kaufman said...

So cute! When I was three, I told my mother I was going to read her a story, just like she read them to me. She had a flipped-out moment of thinking she'd raised a genius child, as I proceeded to leaf through my favourite book and recite it to her word for word. Then she realised I was doing exactly that--reciting! Time for more variety!

Guinevere said...

That is SO cute! I love that your son is copying you!

Shannon said...

Aww, I love this story (and the picture). Thanks so much for sharing. =)

What makes me feel like a writer? When my sister introduces me as her sister, the writer. :)

Lynda Young said...

Ah, if only writing squiggly lines was all we had to do to write a novel ;)

Ishta Mercurio said...

Oh, that is SO cool! I'm glad you took a picture! I caught my 3-year-old telling himself a story about a month ago, and unfortunately I only managed to record the last third of it, but it was pretty good! I love that he just sees storytelling as something that people do.

I feel like a "real" writer when I'm involved in something other than my own writing - taking a class, giving critique, getting critique. When I'm interacting with other writers. Probably says a lot about me and needing validation - LOL!

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