Step 1: Define your character.
“Pick a kid any kid…” It can be your child, a niece, nephew, grandchild, cousin, friend’s child, or a combination of all of them. You are looking for inspiration, not exact imitation. A character should be dynamic and imperfect. Personality is more important the physical characteristics, but sometimes one impacts the other. Write it down.
Step 2: Find you inspiration.
“Watch and learn…” Keep a quote collection book.
Many of my stories start with one, “What did you say?” or “What the…” Kids, especially ages 3-5, say the most spectacular things. They are finding their place in the world and interpreting it in a unique way. Write it down; combine them to create a vibrant story line.
Did your kid ever say something that made you stop everything you were doing? The answer is, “yes.” Kids have a way of finding their way in this world in an incredible way. This usually elicits an emotional response from us. Whether it is humor, love, or down right shock. We all have a story to tell. Use this journal to write them down. When they grow older, you can remind them that they once had something to say.
- Print and Save this Journal. Fill out your child's information. In the Quote bubble, write what they said, what your response was, and what made it stand out. It is that easy.
Step 3: Begin your Inquisition.
“Ask and you shall receive…” Use the Idea Generator. One question can open up a road to the most amazing world. Keep going and you’ll love where you end up.
Step 4: Add emotion.
This is the easy part. You love you kid, make everyone love them too. Make it silly and make it happy, and make it heartwarming, but never make it too scary.
“Feelings matter…” Just like you wish for your child, your protagonist should always have a happy ending. It helps if they show a growing moment. Remember this is just another way to chronicle a milestone.
Step 5: Maintain your Muse.
“Strike a pose…” This not only allows you to add pictures to your book, it often inspires more ideas. Plus, it incorporates your child into the writing process. Most kids love to help, but are limited in their capabilities. This is a great way inspire and encourage children that they can do more; their opinion matters. You are having fun and building their self-esteem.
Step 6: Write, Read, Rewrite, Edit, Proofread, Rewrite again. Ask what did I get myself into?
“Let it be done!” If you love what you’re writing, you’ll find a way to finish. Just don’t let your perfectionism turn into procrastination. You’ll be so happy you stuck with it. At this point you can add your photographs, illustrations, or just the doodles you attempted to sketch., “it sorta looks like a dog…” You don’t have to be an artist to express yourself.
Step 7: Bring it together.
“Rocking the good vibes…” You wrote a book! Bask in your glory, do a little jig. Hug and thank your child. Then read it to your kid until they grown tired of it. But, that may not be until the 500th reading. That’s about how many times I read, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.
And, thank you for you for downloading this free activity. I hope it encourages your dream to write.
We encourage you to share our activities as much as you like. We just ask that you also please share our website. Stories by Mom is a self-published book and we can use all the help we can get to get it out there. Our goal is to use our books and activities to excite children about reading and encourage growth. We hope they can relate and have fun.
– Konnilaree Sanders