Through the eyes of a child…

Through a child's eyes

If you’re a regular reader here, you know that I’ve been participating in Write on Wednesday with Ink Paper Pen.

Over the last few exercises, I’ve written a couple of pieces that describe events and activities through the eyes of a child.

I have started editing Time for a Walk as I wrote it quickly and I can see that there is potential in the story, either as a kids book with photos or pictures of a toddler walking, or as a longer short story.

Even this weeks exercise was fun and I can see potential in expanding it to show the set up for the event through the eyes of a four year old (and possibly the unfairness in being sent to bed before everyone arrives).

From the comments on both these pieces, I can see ways to expand them as well as other enjoying them.

I’m enjoying writing pieces through the eyes of a child, and it seems like I’m good at it, again judging by the comments on these posts.

Where this goes to from here, I don’t know yet, but it’s something I’m having fun doing.

If you have suggestions on where I can take these, I’d love to know.

To plan or not to plan…

Do you plan?

Recently I dug out a pile of writing I did when I was at school, along with some of the worksheets (I don’t know why I still have those). There was so much emphasis placed on planning stories and essays.

I can remember that I used to cheat – I would write a story or essay, then write the plan. It was hard when we had to submit the plan first, and when I had to do that first, the finished product bore little resemblance to the plan. [Read more…]

Time for a walk

Off for a walk

It’s that time of the week again – Write on Wednesday.

This weeks topic was to go for a walk & write about it. I’ve been sick, so haven’t been out of the house much, even though the weather is beautiful. So, instead I wrote about an imaginary walk taken with a toddler. I hope you enjoy it.


I jump down the back stairs with two feet while Mummy closes the door and puts her keys in the pocket of her jacket. She takes my hand and we start walking. [Read more…]

Inspiration for stories

Inspiration for my stories

Inspiration from stories come from many different places. I was talking with someone the other day about my own story and my writing and about how I wrote a lot when I was in high school, even winning some awards for my writing.

In the 15 or so years since I finished high school, I haven’t done a lot of fiction writing, but have got a lot of experience I can draw on. For example, the stories from Accidental WAHM is drawn on the experiences of some of the Mums I worked with. [Read more…]

Spelling Words…

Jack's spelling test

This weeks exercise on Ink Paper Pen is using the word “Piqued”.

Piqued:
A state of vexation caused by a perceived slight or indignity; a feeling of wounded pride.tr.v. piqued, piqu·ing, piques
1. To cause to feel resentment or indignation.
2. To provoke; arouse: The portrait piqued her curiosity.
3. To pride (oneself): He piqued himself on his stylish attire.

This is what I came up with, it’s a departure from the Jimmy James stories.

She looked down the list of spelling words her 7 year old was learning. Every Monday he came home with a list of spelling words to learn. Most of the words were set by the teacher, but the last three words were chosen by her son. The words he chose never ceased to amaze her.

“Jack, how did you choose these words?” She asked her son.

“I opened the dictionary and picked some words, and those ones had Q’s in them.” Jack had a tone in his voice that sounded like it was the most natural thing in the world.

“OK,” she replied hesitantly, “I understand Jonquil, after all, we have them growing in the front yard, but pique?” she questioned.

“But it’s a really cool word,” Jack replied enthusiastically, “It has cool meanings and my teacher couldn’t say it right!” he giggled.

“Fair enough.” She laughed along with him, “but, can you spell it?”

“Not yet,” Jack replied, “but that’s why I have to practice my spelling words.”

She smiled and left him to his look, cover, write, check exercises and went back to making dinner.

 

Write On Wednesdays

 

WoW – Character Study, Jimmy James

This is my first Words on Wednesday post – I thought I’d do it & see how it goes. I wasn’t sure whether to do a creative piece or just describe one of my characters – so I thought I would describe Jimmy James. Here goes – five minutes of writing!

Jimmy James is a character I created one night when I was frustrated about my boys not changing their socks. He is a 9 year old boy who loves his football and he is not great in Maths.

He has a little brother and lives with his Mum in a house with an open plan living area, one that is perfect for socks to make a mess! Their home has a large back yard, perfect for kicking the footy around.

He has short, brown hair and freckles on his face. His brown eyes have a cheeky glint that betray his wonderful sense of the absurd as well as his cheeky mind. He is slim and sporty.

Jimmy James is a mix of my two sons and some of their friends. With so much inspiration, there is the potential for a number of different stories about Jimmy James, his brother and their friends.

 

Write On Wednesdays

 

Write on Wednesdays…

Write On Wednesdays

I have just come across a really cool exercise called “Write on Wednesdays” over at inkpaperpen. I thought I’d give it a go – you never know what I’ll come up with…

It could be a lot of fun and it looks like a great way to get the creative juices flowing. I’m looking forward to it 🙂

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