The Imagination of a Child Writer

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“Enter the writing process with a childlike sense of wonder and discovery. Let it surprise you.” –Anon

I spent a good deal of this past weekend snowed in with my family. Out of sheer boredom, my 10-year-old daughter and I decided to write a Christmas  story together. She had a title in mind that she had been thinking of for quite some time and as we began to write, I was startled at how imaginative she was.

She didn’t waste  time worrying about what she would write, she dove right in. We didn’t just sit down for a few minutes together and write, but we passed the story back and forth for much of the day. We took breaks to eat, play, and she spent a good deal of time designing the cover with scrapbook materials, but we spent just as much time writing the story.

I was amazed at her drive  and creativity. I  was impressed that she didn’t suffer from the sense of writer’s block that many adult writers are saddled with. She didn’t censor herself at all. No idea was too silly or stupid. She simply had a blast as she discovered and shared a new story.  

I think when we write, we have  to let go  of our grownup tendencies to judge and critique ourselves. We need to stop worrying about what others will think of our writing and let ourselves enjoy the original story we are creating. We should write what we want to write. We should be like my daughter when she writes and let our  childlike imaginations take over.

-Tina

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” –Albert Einstein

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