Last year my eight-year-old daughter Abby asked if we could write a story together.
Be still my beating heart…
I’m a work-from-home mom and writer, so naturally I said yes. The deal was that she had to come up with the premise and write the first draft. She immediately wrote out the first chapter.
“Here. You can put this in your computer.” She said, handing me her neatly printed story.
She had written a tale of tiny people the size of a push pin who lived inside of a young girl’s purse. They’d explore and discover while trying not to be discovered by people or eaten by the house cat. It was pretty clever.
I put it in my computer, and then we brainstormed how to out fill the story. Once we agreed on a direction, I went to work filling out the rest. Characters, mystery, emotion, humor… I was quite out of my element.
I’ve never written a chapter book before. I’ve also never had to write with character development in mind or figure out how to develop plot. It was a whole new world.
Now that we’ve completed the book, I’ve come away with some valuable lessons.