Hereditary Writing Bug

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Hereditary writing bug


In the past I have written about passing on your love of reading but is it possible to pass on your love of writing? 

"You have to read to be a good writer." That's what most writers say.


If you read my post Reading - Pass It On you'll know that Big Prince isn't a big reader. He hasn't found a series of books that he's enjoyed reading (yet) enough to work his way through the whole series. We've tried to encourage him, tried making him read, but it doesn't work. My latest ploy is to find 'boy' books. 

Even though Big Prince doesn't like to read he sat in front of his computer last Friday and started his own story.

He spent the whole weekend working on this story and on Wednesday morning, before school, he asked me to print it so that he could take it to school. He was so proud of his story that he wanted to share it with his friends and his new teacher. 

I read through his story while he was at school. Although the punctuation and spelling could've been  better the story itself was good. He'd managed to get in some action, come up with fictional creatures with abilities and created a whole world for them. As I read I imagined the world he was trying to paint for me. I was so proud.

He started another story a couple of days ago and that made me wonder if he's got the writing bug. Mine bit when I walked into the world of novel writing and it's here to stay. I'll be watching Big Prince over the next few weeks. He gives up on things when they become too hard but I'm hoping he continues with this.

If writing is what Big Prince loves to do I will support him every step of the way. And maybe one day I'll see my son's book on shelves at Tesco.

What do you think, is the writing bug hereditary or do you "catch" it? 

18 comments:

  1. I reckon that seeing someone else write is probably just as likely to pique a child's curiosity as reading. Who knows, maybe if your son does get caught up in the joy of writing stories then that will be his gateway to reading rather than the other way round? Whatever happens it's still pretty cool. I can see why you're so proud of him :) x

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    1. Thank you Sophie. Yes perhaps this is the way it will work for him, I hope so. It is so cool, I can't wait to read his next story!

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  2. Oooh - interesting! My dad is a writer and a poet and I have clear childhood memories of both seeing him write and talking to him about what he was writing. My brothers and I used to read his manuscripts and I still talk to him about writing to this day! So from that perspective writing is both 'in my blood' and part of my childhood experience.

    My kids know I write and they are both involved in the process when it comes to my limericks - they are keen to set me subjects to write about. My older son (just turned7) asks me about my writing quite often especially how many words I've written. Like BP he also writes stories. I think, given that kids learn a lot from their parents and (at this age still idolise us!), it's normal for them to pick up on anything we are keen on.during the teen years the opposite will probably be true though! I like to think boys my will grow up to be into at least reading if not writing but who knows? Only time will tell. Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting - great post!xx

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    1. I love that I can influence my boys in such a positive way (as well as completely messing them up of course!). It's wonderful that you have such vivid memories of your father's writing, you must've learned a lot without even realising.

      I do hope he will eventually enjoy reading but I wonder if he sees it as a chore rather than something to enjoy. Like you say, time will tell.

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  3. Ooh I love the idea of this!

    I actually think they get inspired by their parents. I always think the boys are interested in what I'm doing, and I talk to them abotu it, and tell them. A bit like The Beast also wants to work with computers like daddy!

    I do think creative-NESS is hereditary though!

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    1. Oh I totally agree Aimee, creativeness is hereditary. Both my boys are creative; BP with his stories and drawing and LP when he's playing with his toys. LP also wants to be a games designer - just like dad!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. x

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  4. That is really interesting. I had battles with L about reading and even now he goes through phases when he won't read a lot. He does love stories though and when he is inspired, he will often start writing stories and loves writing. The only problem is that he never finishes them.

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    1. Yes the finishing the stories can be a bit of an issue can't it? I even struggle sometimes! I think boys perhaps need a book that they can really get into to enjoy it, I don't know. Either way I really love the writing. It makes me feel like I'm doing something right, maybe.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. xx

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  5. This is really interesting, I do think that kids are interested in what their parents are doing, and curious, and inspired to a certain extent (unless they rebel...). I come from a family of readers, but I'm the only one who has really ventured into anything actively creative... I'm so glad that, so far, my kids love reading. Not sure what I'd do if they didn't...! Whether they will be creative or not remains to be seen... #whatimwriting

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    1. Yes kids are definitely influenced by their parents' jobs or what they enjoy doing. Maybe your children's creativity will come later?
      The reading is a big thing for me because it gets your own creativity going - I just hope BP's love of writing inspires him to read more.

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  6. Lovely post hon, glad Big Prince enjoyed writing his first story.

    Personally I don't go in for genetics (apart from the obvious). I feel we are mostly products of our environment. He knows you write and that it brings you joy and probably wanted to emulate it. Not that it's a bad thing with something so awesome :-)

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    1. It's true environment has a big impact and he has seen me enjoying my writing. He's even asked me if I would write a book for children so that he could read it! I do love writing and seeing me happy has obviously made him wonder about it himself.
      And yes, writing is totally awesome :)
      Thanks for stopping by hun. xx

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  7. I like to think it is. My boys aren't great at writing any more than they need to at school, however they love coming up with stories to tell me. I keep saying 'you should write that down' to get them practising their handwriting. Perhaps once they're better on a keyboard they'll type their stories. I think many of us are storytellers but lots of people stop doing it as they get older. Here's hoping your son sticks with it!

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    1. Thanks Emily. I think he does enjoy it more because he gets to use a computer to type out his stories. He hates writing with pen and paper so if this was his only option I don't think he'd do it! :)

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  8. Well, how interesting! It's great that Big Prince is now writing. I'm convinced that the writing bug's hereditary. It's got to be there in your bones, waiting to burst out. That said, with oodles and oodles of love and encouragement, I think you can catch the bug to some degree too. Great discussion point! #WhatImWriting

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    1. Thank you Carol. I do think that creativity is in us all and it's just a matter of how it comes out. Some of us choose writing, others choose sketching or painting. You're right though, love and encouragement is a necessity, even if you have writing in your bones. :)

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  9. I think that a lot of our interests are influenced by our parents. If you're not exposed to something, how can you know whether you like it? Still, musical talent is hereditary, and I think you can have a natural affinity for the rhythm of words, but writing is a craft and it needs to be honed and tamed in much the same way you need to be taught technique on any musical instrument or theory to understand why it works the way it works.
    Your son having a love of writing is very cool. My daughter loves to write and we often have times when we sit and write together. x

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    1. It's awesome that you can write with your daughter! I'd love that, but I think he is getting to the age where anything I say or do is wrong. The pre-teen stage is quite a see-saw and sometimes he loves talking to me, other times he hates it. Ah parenting... It's great isn't it?
      You're right about honing the craft, it takes a lot of work and I'm currently trying to get him to go through his stories and get the right their/there/they're. A common mistake of his at the moment. :)

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