When I realized my daughter was into writing a couple years ago, I totally flipped out. Oh yeah. Cartwheels.
I’ve been a write-a-holic ever since I received my first blank workbook in grade two – well, maybe before then.
I remember before I ever knew how to read, I used to flip through novels on my parents’ bookshelves and try to figure out why words were grouped certain ways (what were paragraphs all about? I wondered).
Yeah, I’m a nerd, all right 🙂
And my author grandmother would give me recycled paper to type with on her old manual typewriter – it would keep me occupied for hours, and I was slightly annoyed when I would tap too hard on the keys and my “o”s would punch holes through the paper (How does one use white-out over a HOLE in the page?). I sent my first manuscript (104 pages typed) out to publishers when I was thirteen, and got my first pile of rejection letters back the same year.
So of course when my daughter showed interest in writing, OH yeah – I totally FLIPPED and signed her up last year for the YWP. This year I thought it would be fun to try getting more of her friends involved. Luckily she has several brainy friends (that’s my girl) who also have an interest in writing, so I thought we should be able to get a small group together from her classroom. We’ll see how this goes!