How To Tell If Your Child Is Going To Be A Writer #SundayBlogShare #Writers #Writer


Your child is showing an interest in reading and writing – does this mean one day they will become a writer?

Before you get too excited (or groan) here are some other future writer signs to watch out for…

  1. Your child spends a lot of time in fantasy land or as my mother used to say about me ‘away with the fairies’…Β 
  2. They like their own company.
  3. They have an intense stare, which feels like they are reading your mind.
  4. They have formed their own reader following consisting of dolls, teddies, plastic figures and sleeping grandparents. Once they have finished their story they will scan their group for signs of feedback. Any toys that have a miserable expression on their plastic faces, will be quickly removed and banished to the toy box…forever.
  5. They already have a love for arduous and tedious creative work. The prospect of going back into their bedroom to rewrite their entire library of little notebooks, filled with stories and drawings, will bring a smile to their face and a twinkle to their eye.
  6. They have an impressive pencil-case and a vast collection of notebooks.
  7. Other kids in the local area are impressed or concerned about your child’s wild and wonderful ideas for imaginary games.
  8. Your child likes to update their toy based reader following on how they are feeling a lot. They are already showing valuable skills for social media.
  9. At nursery or school your child compares their stories to other children’s stories – A LOT!
  10. Your child struggles with parent or teacher feedback on their stories.
  11. Your child adores homework.
  12. Your child does not mind reading their own story to a room full of dozing relatives, after a huge meal at a family gathering. They just carry on reading with a wide goofy smile on their face.
  13. Your child obsesses about the start or endings of their own stories.
  14. Your child writes their own version of their favourite book.
  15. Your child comes up with the most elaborate and imaginative excuses for why they were naughty.
  16. Your child struggles to keep handwritten birthday and Christmas card messages short. Distant relatives receive War & Peace on a Christmas card from your child.

I exhibited all these as a child and I became a writer…sigh!

Let me know if there are any more signs πŸ™‚

Have a fabulous day!

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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❀️

47 thoughts on “How To Tell If Your Child Is Going To Be A Writer #SundayBlogShare #Writers #Writer

  1. Ha, ha, yes, that sounds familiar! I was also kicked out of kindergarten (or rather, it was suggested to my parents that I was ready to move on) because I would tell scary ghost stories to the other children at nap time, and they would then wee in their beds at night.

  2. Looking at my kids now, I think another one is despite having the computer, they want fountain pens to write… Romanticising the art by using a more traditional tool!!!
    Both of mine have umpteen notebooks and drawerfuls of pens…
    Like me as a youngster!!!

  3. Haha yes, this was me! My son is the same, except he hates writing birthday cards because he worries too much about what to write and then gets paralysed by ‘the pressure’.

    I have another to add: their teacher confesses they look forward to your child’s assignments the most because they’re so interesting. This happens every time my son gets a new teacher. πŸ™‚

  4. ‘They have formed their own reader following consisting of dolls, teddies, plastic figures and sleeping grandparents’ (…)
    Lol this is too cute!! I see a lot of me in this and even though I’m not a professional writer, at least not yet, I love writing more than anything πŸ™‚

  5. Both of my children were dreamers, and turned out to be writers. My daughter, who started memorizing books at 10 months, and my son, who spoke very little, and wrote 3 word sentences in his early years. He was the surprise, took a degree in professional writing, found his words much later. You can’t always tell.
    I was like the person in your piece. Very nice. ☺

  6. Sounds a lot like me as a child. πŸ™‚ I always got the task of coming up with games to play with my siblings when we were children, because I had such a “good imagination”.

  7. My youngest is showing all the signs of being a storyteller. Like, no mommy. I can’t possibly take a nap because there are crazy birds in my room who want to scoop me up and take me to a volcano. In space. You don’t want me to be on a volcano in space, do you?

    Now he only has to master writing his ABCs.

      1. Yes I will be for sure. I never even thought about it this way I just assumed he takes after his mama and loves to read as from a very early age under 2 years we’d go to the library for books to ” look at” and read. I’d be impressed the day he shows me his first creative story for sure.

  8. I enjoyed this post. As a child, I had wild, imaginative, sometimes scary dreams. So did my dad. He’d yell in his sleep. He wasn’t a writer but a great story teller. My son is a great reader who loves words. He also had a wild imagination. It would just take off and soar. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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