Amazing things for a 9 year old

Amazing things for a 9 year old?

I need some help. I am in the process of editing the first Jimmy James story I have written – the story of Jimmy James and his amazing socks.

Here is my question:

What are some day to day amazing things that can happen to a 9 year old boy?

My own 9 year old has given me some ideas, like kicking the winning goal in footy and his little brother giving him the last chocolate biscuit without being told. But I need some more ideas.

If you have some ideas I could use, please add a comment. I look forward to your suggestions.

Jimmy James writes a letter

Writing a letter...

It’s Write on Wednesday again. This week is a “Choose Your Own Adventure” challenge. You can read the details here.

I was sent a gorgeous book for my birthday that is correspondence between two people. I have also seen a number of reports about how kids aren’t writing much any more. I have also been toying with writing something about Melbourne & history for kids. I got an idea in my head yesterday for a Jimmy James story written as letters – probably one sided as it’s been a long time since I’ve been overseas…

Here is what I have so far. I’m trying to use a similar style to what my 9 year old may write… Enjoy.

Dear Lara,

You don’t know me, but our Mums knew each other back in high school. My teacher told my Mum that I have to practice my hand writing, so she sent your Mum an email and suggested I write to you since we are about the same age. Anyway, Mum has been nagging me, so I’m getting her off my back by writing this to you. She wouldn’t let me send an email!

So, a bit about me – my name is Jimmy James and I am nearly 10. I live in Australia with my Mum and my little brother, Timmy Tom. He is really annoying. I love footy, not like the one where you are in England, Soccor, but Aussie Rules. Look it up online. It’s the coolest sport. Mum won’t let me play in a team… but I do AusKick to learn how to play.

My favourite colour is Purple. I used to think it was a girls colour, until my Grandma gave me the COOLEST socks for my birthday.

I hope that’s enough for now, my hand is getting tired! Write back if you like.

Jimmy James


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Kids book – an update

Updating you on my kids book

It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on my kids book. If you’ve been supporting my plan on PlanBig, you may have seen some updates…

But here’s the latest:

About a month ago, I attended a workshop by Create a Kids Book. I wasn’t very well on the day, and didn’t take a lot in, but the most useful part was the mini  assessment at the end. The amazing Jo Thompson went through my edited manuscript and suggested a whole lot of changes. It only took me a month from the workshop, but I finally sat down on the weekend, made those changes and finished off the story in line with those changes.

Before submitting it for a manuscript assessment again, I thought I’d forward it on to a few people for their thoughts. I have sent it to three different people, one has never seen the story before, one read it about 15 years ago, and another read the last draft I did.

So far, one person has come back with her thoughts, and I have butterflies waiting on the others.

I’m still not sure whether to self publish, or contact traditional publishers, but that isn’t a decision I need to make right now. Either way, I’m hoping to have the manuscript at a publishable state in the next few months.

A story challenge?

Story on Twitter...?

I’ve been toying with an idea for a while… Short stories seem to be my thing, and I also seem to be writing things one paragraph at a time.

So, I was wondering if a story could be written/published on Twitter – 140 characters at a time.

The idea would be to publish an ongoing story, rather than lots of 140 character stories, and set up a Twitter account (and possibly a blog, Facebook page, etc) for people to read the story.

It would certainly be an interesting exercise, but I’m not sure if anyone would be interested in reading it. Also, whether I should continue with the Accidental WAHM theme, or try something else…

So, I thought I’d put it out there – what do you think of this idea/challenge? Do you think it would work? Do you have any suggestions for a topic or theme?

I look forward to your feedback 🙂

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…]

WoW – The Mighty Rewrite

This weeks challenge is interesting. You can view the full challenge here, but the gist is to get the first paragraph of your favourite book and rewrite it.

I don’t have a favourite book, so I picked one of my sons favourite books – Zac Power Test Drive – Zac’s Wild Rescue. Basically any Zac Power book is his favourite & this one was on the top of the pile.

So, here goes…

Zac was in the school library. He had a science project to work on but he was bored. Zac didn’t like doing projects. He always left them to the last minute.

Jimmy James was bored. His homework was laid out in front of him, complete with a blank page to write on. Jimmy James didn’t like doing his homework. He always left it to the last minute.


Reminds me a bit of my 9 year old… lol


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WoW – a single line

This weeks Write on Wednesday challenge is to come up with a single line. You can read the whole challenge here.

I’ve decided to go back to the awesome Jimmy James and the first story I wrote for him (and am still writing).

Jimmy James has some amazing socks.

The story continues that he hates changing his socks as they are so amazing. To read more, you’ll have to wait as the challenge is a single line. I hope you like it, any thoughts to make it a better opening line, I’m open to suggestions (the idea is to get this in a book for young-ish kids, around 7-8 years old).


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Dangerous Days: A Digger’s Great Escape

Dangerous Days: A Digger's Great EscapeDangerous Days: A Digger’s Great Escape by Ernest Brough

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I met Ernest Brough as a “Living Book” at the Torquay Literary festival. It was quite a good book, though aimed more at kids than adults. It should be on book lists for kids in upper primary school as it gives some great information about WW2 as well as being an adventure story for boys. At the end of the book there was a timeline and information about WW2 that will help those who don’t know much about WW2, so prior knowledge is a help but not a must.

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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…]

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