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Oct 20, 2010 Uncategorized 25 comments

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. 😀


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  1. 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. 😀

  2. 🙂 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….

  3. Joanne says:

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Lola Sharp says:

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

    "Bob"! SO darn adorable.

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  6. I needed that story today – made me crack a HUGE smile. Thanks 🙂 That's truly awesome.

  7. Oh, how sweet! Thanks for sharing this!

  8. Aw, your son is so adorable. 🙂

  9. Lynn says:

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Melissa says:

    This is adorable!!!!

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

  13. 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!

  14. I love that he knows Bob!! Essentials 🙂

  15. What a fun story, Janet! 🙂

    I love the new look of your blog!!!

  16. Jen Daiker says:

    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!

  17. Jackee says:

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. Madeleine says:

    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)

  20. Patti says:

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

  21. 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!

  22. Guinevere says:

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

  23. Shannon says:

    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. 🙂

  24. Ah, if only writing squiggly lines was all we had to do to write a novel 😉

  25. 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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