If you were like how I was at the age of 10 (and 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15), you’d understand. I hated writing. In fact, though I would ace every writing assignment, I despised it and dreaded an upcoming paper. But that’s the humor in life. In fact, as my main character, Sonovan Lung, says, “Those who do not recognize the humor in this reality can never fully appreciate it.” Who would have ever thought I would be the one to begin writing a book which has passed 95,000 words? At 16? That sounds crazy and ironic.
But there’s more behind this. When I was in my early teen years, my sister and I would play around while our parents were out shopping. Slowly but surely, our immaturity designed a story centered around many alien worlds and times. When the adults walked in, the party ceased. But we kept going at it. And at it. And at it.
Then, after years of it, I finally used my brain and thought, Hey, I should write this out! Like a book! Incredible realization, Sherlock. So I started writing, with a bit of my sister’s help. We made it about 5 chapters, all quite short (1,000 words to be exact). Honestly, I was not enjoying it very much, if at all. Then, one night, it came to a head. My sis called me in her room and bluntly stated, “This sucks.”
I couldn’t believe it. After complaining for nearly an hour, I at last registered she was right. But, since I was a bit depressed from the news, we abandoned the story for two weeks. Then we started writing again. The chapters were longer, and it was arranged in a better format. The problem was, I had no outline, to begin with. Sure, the story read far better, but I did not enjoy writing and it felt like a hassle. Then, once again, after writing three chapters, my sister called me in her room again. “Dude, this is not good.”
So much for damage control. We didn’t speak about the book for months. Nearly nine of the said months passed by with no desire to write anything. But then, out of nowhere, I decided to begin an outline (I had not thought of doing it before). So, I began. Three months later, the outline was finished. I legitimately could not believe it.
May of this year, I began to write. This time around, I loved every minute of it. Sometimes I wrote deep into the night with my laptop, ambient music, and imagination, recollecting how my sister and I would act out parts when I was younger (well, younger than I am now). Six months, three versions, and thousands of edits later, here I am. I wrote a book, titled The Shadowverse.
So, why can kids make the best writers? Because kids have the most diverse, wide imaginations of any age. When people mature, the days of happiness and creativity fades, since our focus is shifted to careers and education. And that’s the lesser reason.
When you act out as a character, though it might seem immature to me now, you can feel what that character feels and really slip into his or her shoes. In short, it makes better characters, especially when you are not forced to do it alone. Siblings can come in handy that way. Seriously.
Lastly, younger people have a divergent set of personalities. It’s only when you age that your true personality begins to harden into who it will be for the rest of existence. Therefore, multiple characters can be found just from a kid’s imagination. Incredible, right? It’s possible Oscar-worthy personalities are hiding underneath many kids’ faces.
Best part is, parents will not be wondering if their child is “wasting his/her life” on video games and the like.
Even if the book (or e-Book, in my case) does not succeed, writing a book can help you as a person. It did for me, actually. The characters I had designed, from a college student seeking a higher destiny to an alien warlord bent on universal domination, and from a troubled girl to an exiled, ancient warrior, they taught me more than you can know. Basically, if you don’t make it as you had imagined, there is always the psychological and emotional impact, which can influence other people, and so on. It’s a potential domino effect.
In conclusion, any child can achieve greatness in literature, and if not, can have a hell of a ride doing it.