Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Stories for My Kids

It’s been a while, but I’m back. The writing's been good, but the last few months of the previous year had just a little too much going on for me to get to blogging.

One thing I’ve been up to lately is writing stories for my kids. Now that they're old enough to understand (and read), I’ve found that I can write short stories specifically for them. It’s really satisfying to see their faces light up as they read a story I’ve written about them (either as pirates or explorers or something they’re really into that week). They really like it when I insert them and family or friends into the stories too.

Not only does it give them a love of reading, I’ve found it to be some of the most satisfying writing I’ve ever done. It’s really inspiring to be able to hash out a short story, print it out the next day, and see you readers getting so much joy out of it. I think I need to make this a habit going forward.

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  1. Instant gratification! Keep writing those stories. Your kids will look back at those stories with very fond memories. Maybe even read them to their kids.

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    1. It is certainly instantly gratifying and it's not often you can say that in writing:)

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  2. Welcome back! That's so great how you're writing stories specially for your kids. What wonderful memories for you all to share!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! It's fun making memories:)

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  3. I'm so jealous! I had four boys and I'd write them stories, but no matter how hard I tried, my stories were always a bit girly. Pirates with fashion problems, love-sick dragons...I could never stick to the kind of action stories they loved best.

    Be sure to save those. Sounds like you'll have everything you need for a child's anthology.

    Also, glad to see you're back!

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    1. Yeah, my boys obviously like to have an element of danger and mischief in their stories, but I make sure to always insert a strong female character too (my wife). :)

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  4. Hi Mark, its so wonderful that you are writing stories for your kids and putting them in it.

    Psst..I think its all my influence ;) after all you are my critique partner and are the first to read all my childrens' manuscripts :)

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    1. Yes, all your influence, Rachna! Keep inspiring me:)

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  5. I love that you're writing for your kids. Nothing could be better than that!

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    1. They're definitely the best audience I've ever had:)

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  6. Excellent! As your kids grow older, they'll remember this, too, and read these stories to their kids. I love this :)

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    1. I hope so, they're definitely good memories for me:)

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  7. What a great idea. I love it! I wrote a couple of books starring my grandkids. It's supposed to be my goal this year to complete and publish them.

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  8. Writing for kids is a true pleasure. When my nephews were younger, I wrote and illustrated (with colored pencils) a story just for them as a Christmas gift one year.

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  9. That immediate feedback has to be good for the soul too.

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  10. That's great that you're writing stories for your kids. That's actually how my career as a writer began. I shared one of my stories with my daughter who was 3 at the time, and she told me I should get it published.

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  11. How fun! My daughter and I are writing a story together now, and that's fun, too. It's great when we can bring them into our world.

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