One of my most viewed posts recently has been ‘I Want To Be A Writer’ and I was lucky enough to get some great comments from fellow bloggers. It got me thinking about what I should do with some of the short stories that I have written or started to write. I remember how, as a young teacher (many years ago) I was always told that children need to have a purpose to their writing, they need to know who their audience is going to be. I didn’t always take this advice on board. I can remember having some great lessons, well prepared with plenty of ideas for the children and then wonder why the results were not always that wonderful, especially from the boys! In those days we used to put the ‘best’ stories on the wall thinking that everyone would read them, but they didn’t. The writer of that story would look and so might her friends. While others, mainly boys, would see it as the place that only ‘good’ stories went and as there’s wasn’t up there then they must be a bad story writer. The problem was that often the audience was just me, the teacher and that was not enough for those reluctant writers.
Today it is much easier for all writers, whatever their age, to have an audience. The Internet gives us this. One of the lessons that schools still need to learn is that the world in which the children live is no longer a passive one. Children today are, in many cases, expert producers and publishers. You only need to go onto YouTube or look at blogs that young children in primary schools are contributing to to realise that.
With that thought in my mind I have started another blog. This one is going to be used by me to ‘publish’ some of my writing so that I can have an audience to write for. The stories that you find there are – not always finished, work in progress, ideas that have been roaming around my head for ages and I have felt just needed to get out. I’m hoping that just by putting them on the blog will spur me on to do more. The first one, for example, is unfinished. Now that I have ‘published’ it I will need to think of an ending! Any thoughts or comments would be most welcome. I am grateful to Pen whose blog I have just discovered and am enjoying. Seeing how other writers freely share their work gave me the push I needed to do the same.