Saturday, July 21, 2012

Brainstorming a New YA... with my Daughter

My daughter, Ellamae, has been a book lover all of her life. I started reading to her when she was a baby. She started going to storytime at the library when she was around one. She would peek through the book return slot at the desk and have conversations with the librarian. She's gone through the progression of books from picture to chapter to middle grade, and young adult novels. She reads. A lot.

I started writing with an eye toward publishing when Ellamae was pretty young. She's watched me write, listened to my stories, and given me feedback. I've shared some of my writing frustrations and disappointments with her. She's celebrated my victories and been my biggest fan.

I've pushed nothing on her. Just shared with her when she was interested. I figure my kids will grow up to be whatever they want to be. She's seen how hard and frustrating it can be to write. I'm sure she's also noticed how much I've enjoyed it. Whatever the reason, it seems she's made her own natural progression from writer.

Today she asked my about an idea she has for a young adult novel. It's complex. It's challenging. It's good! The more we talked about it the more the outline came together. She's come up with some amazing twists and even a marketing hook. Needless to say, I am impressed.

So, will this come to fruition? She's written 130 pages of a novel before so she has the potential. Writing is hard, even for adults who have been doing it for a long time. I think she can do it, but I look up to her for even trying. And it sure is fun to have a brainstorming partner!


  1. What an amazing daughter you have! So glad you two have a shared love for reading AND writing. Can't wait to hear about her progress as a writer. :)

  2. I think we all secretly (some not so secretly) hope that our kids will love what we love. What a joy when it actually happens! Thanks for sharing, Heather!

  3. Whatever happens, this is AWESOME!! Can't wait to see where it takes the two of you!!!

  4. This sounds like the relationship I have with one of my daughters. It's wonderful, I agree =D

  5. You know what she also loves? Cooking. Me, not so much. But she just brought me some fresh baked cookies to my desk. LOVE!

  6. They were amazing weren't they! Love you(: