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  1. As a mother of two daughters, one who went through the same problem (she loves to write now. Somehow, she's always at her extremeBack before, she hated playing around with words, and I had to force her to practice. Now she wants to become an author.), I say, your dd needs more practice. My eldest daugter was more mild and had always viewed english as just another subject. However, my youngest daughter disagrees. I would suggest for you to read to your dd since she has dyslexia and has trouble reading herself. She will also be prone to typos, as well as spelling mistakes. Try some grammar and writing improvment programs. Your daughter seems to have several run-on sentences, which is something very hard to correct. I would also encourage her to read and write more. My dd says it helps to write stories based on an already published book. (So, basically, fanfiction). She says that if she is stuck she gets inspiration from the author's writing and it's helpful to have a base to lean upon. However, she also says it's hard to get your own, unique voice if you write fanfiction. So it's up to you to decide.
  2. Thank you. My dd finds it helpful to map out the entire storyline before she starts writing. She says that if she doesn't write out her plot she loses track of what she's writing and has to constantly change her planned ending/beginning to fit her new storyline.
  3. Thank you. :) My dd's always been a little ahead of herself... though I suppose that may be a good thing. Sometimes. Thank you for your response!
  4. Thank you. She says she hopes this works and she's off to write now. :)
  5. My daughter is having the same doubts and worries. She tells me she'll probably get a small profession (like opening a book shop, being an english teacher/tutor.) She says she can work as a writer part time. I think the main problem with her worries is financial security. I've told her to follow her dreams, and asked her for the jobs she might like as a part time occupation. She gave me a list that may help you and your son: Editor English teacher/tutor Magazine article journalist Script writer Graphic designer Hope this helps.
  6. Thank you so much. I have heard that WWE/WWS helps greatly with writing non-fiction. I'll try that. (non-fiction's not her strong point.) And thank you so much for taking time to reply to this and for the advice! I've told her that in order to improve she has to write a lot more and read a lot more. She agrees that her writing needs a lot more improvement if she wants to be a successful author when she grows older. And I'll tell her to try to expand these pieces and edit later. My dd has a problem though. She says she can't resist starting to read over and edit her own work (adding tid-bits... revising sentences.etc) in the middle of writing. Is there any way I can help/stop that? Thank you! :)
  7. Any reply would be appreciated. And I just wanted to add- does anyone know of some good writing programs for 11 year olds? The ones I have heard of are all for 3-9 yr olds...
  8. Thanks to everyone who gave me tips. I have posted some of her writing, and we are working on writing under time pressure. Again, thanks to everyone who helped! :)
  9. This sounds great! My 11 yr old dd also loves to write and we are trying to help her with writing in a specific period of time. I think your 13 yr old is very skilled! :) Keep it up! :)
  10. My dd loves to write. She in sixth grade, and has always had a love for literature, ever since she was little and in second or third grade. People have told her she's good with words, but she remains and stands by that she isn't good enough and needs to improve. After receiving some very helpful feedback from another question on this site, I've requested for her to write two pieces for people to critique upon. She wrote these two pieces in around 50 minutes (she's trying to get used to writin in a specified amount of time.) They're slightly rushed and in my opinion some parts didn't flow very well, but I think it's still a pretty good effort for this amount of time. These are not completed stories. I just told her to write as much as she could. She's new to this time limit, so I'm allowing her to write two separate stories for now. Soon, it will be shortened to one. Thanks! -- Arvid was fourteen when he first died. He remembered running along the beach, his bare feet sinking into the soft sand and creating a tickling sensation. He remembered joking with his friends and winking at the girls who were blushing and shamelessly flirting with him. He also remembered surfing, waiting in the water for over an hour just to catch a good current and laughing in exhilaration as he rose to the tip of the waves. And then, the next thing he knew- he was dead, transformed into a wispy soul floating between the land of the living and the afterlife. It was unexpected, and had been a hard thing to accept at first. The fact that he was no longer known as living person was strange and disturbing. Arvid had went to his funeral - seen the flowers and the tearful goodbyes from family and friends, and he had felt a sense of longing, watching his own body being lowered into a coffin. But he knew that he could never return. Once you choose to be a ghost, you stayed that way. And he soon got used to it. He got used to living his happy, ghostly life. He grew accustomed to knowing that no one can see him except his own kind, and even his own kind floated through him constantly. He belonged. He was content with where he was.That is, until someone up there decided it would be nice to turn his dead life upside down. Again. -- “Finally.” The word were a hiss. A whisper, said between clenched teeth. A faint sound, and yet it seemed to echo and bounce off the blank walls of the vacant room. Crypt pushed the papers cluttered on his desk aside and chuckled slightly to himself. Sighing through his nose, he stared down at the contract with a sense of satisfaction, turning the sheet of paper over and over in his hands and stroking the ink. He took a long drag from his cigarette and grimaced slightly before he smoothed his features. Powerful men, in his opinion, always smoked. And Crypt was very powerful. The self-concious chuckling paused, then quickly escalated into booming sounds of involuntary, insane laughter. Powerful,Crypt thought. He liked that. The laughter wasn’t of amusement, but of accomplishment. A job well done. After the bout of crazed laughing died down and silence once again fell upon the room, Crypt wiped the excess tears from his eyes. He didn’t have the need to cry, so the tears were mainly just for show, but he liked to practice. Practice made perfect, and although in his opinion he was already close to perfection, it didn’t hurt to practice some more. “You’re too late.” The croaky voice came from behind abruptly, and Crypt whirled around in shock, the momentum from his wheeled chair almost sending him toppling onto the ground. Clearing his throat in slight embarrassment, Crypt tried to slide gracefully back into his chair in an attempt to regain his composure. He turned to glare at the person who spoke, annoyed with showing a moment of clumsiness,*and was met by the gnarly and shrunken face of Gringar. Shifting back involuntarily at the smell of rotting meat, Crypt did his best to sound commanding. “What are you doing here?” He asked in the steadiest voice he could muster. The old lady looked up at him beady black eyes, an odd expression on her face, and Crypt’s throat made a weird squeaking sound before he covered it up with a cough. -- These are what she has written, word for word. I havn't edited anything. My dd and I are also exploring different styles of writing here. She was used to writing in a different, more humourous, and a style with more dialogue, but I wanted her to practice a variety of different writing styles. Thanks in advance! :)
  11. Thank you! My dd was very excited to get a reply from a former editor (I showed this to her). She says she'll try to write everyday and will try for all the writing projects/ programs in school that she can get her hands on. She's already entered a competition, and I approved of that because it may help her adjust to having to write within a certain time limit. Anyway, thank you so much! :)
  12. Ah. Your son might feel a restrained right now. I have two daughters and no sons, and my youngest daughter has always been a bit of a tom-boy. My eldest daughter was more mellow and girly, but I remember my youngest screaming to go outside. As with you, I live in a very hot place. My younger daughter complained about it being too hot to go outside during the summers, and since she was so bored in her spare time she would jump on my husband and wrestle with him. And she's pretty strong for a kid. However, my daughter had always had a bit of an obsession with literature. She wants to be an author when she grows up, and when she was small she would always lug around this big trolley of small picture books. To calm her down, I would try reading to her, but it didn't work as she had always been an independent reader. So I just used it as a punishment - every time she did something bad, I would take away a book, and when she did something good, I would reward her with a book. Also, I suggest making the house eligible for your child to run around. Plenty of toys. (I had a soccer ball around the house.). Make sure it's not too hot or stuffy. Also, listen to him. Listen to his gestures. Find out what he means when he does the things he does. And this is important - keep him busy.
  13. Thank you. I wonder, however, what having a romantic or unrealistic idea of being a writer means? I myself never had much interest in literature (I have no experience in that direction) so I'm not sure what would count as being unrealistic or romantic with writing. My daughter doesn't believe that she will immediately become a famous or bestselling author, but she does have some pretty high standards. Will that affect her strongly? To what degree? And how do you have a romantic idea of writing? Isn't she too young to be dealing with romance? Yes, she does read romance genred books, but only mild ones. Should I restrain that? I remember reading romance books as a kid, and I don't remember it affecting me much. Is it different when you're writing? Thanks, and I'll definitely suggest that she participate in National Novel Writing Month. I hope this doesn't affect her schoolwork, though.
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