Writing is Tough by Daniel O’Connor – Year 6

As part of the Your Story is Our Story project, some students wrote about their experiences working with me in the classroom to help them create their stories. This piece is by Daniel in Year 6.

Writing is tough – even writing funny books, skinny books, picture books, thick books, serious books, kid’s books. Yet lots and lots of people say that when they have time they’ll write a book.

They usually aren’t so fortunate as to have author, Dee White to help them get their stories to publication.

Over the past 4 weeks, students including myself have been given the holy chance to not only work with an excellent author but actually get the opportunity to have our stories published in a full length book combining all of the year sixes and many other grade’s narratives into an illustrated book properly published and everything a kids dream right? I mean… it was always mine at least.

Writing a book usually means the agony of waiting, waiting, waiting for a publisher. Publishers take forever to look at the book. If you’re a new author waiting a year to get a response is nothing, that is if they even look at it. Then it’s often rejected. If you’re a published author it is quicker, easier, but it doesn’t mean guaranteed acceptance of publication.

When looking for a publisher, Dee suggests that you look at other books with the topic you’re writing about then see who published it or supported the idea, and try to get in contact with them. That is exactly what Dee White did with (for example) her best-selling novel: Beyond Belief which is honestly my favourite, closely followed by Eddy Popcorn (Guide to Parent Training & Guide to Teacher Taming.)

Dee is a very calm, relaxed, inspirational and supportive author, who has supported me through many narrative changes, edits etc and for once I’m not dried out of ideas after her lessons. Each lesson gets me more and more ideas.

 I think my favourite part of her visit(s) is teaching me how to come up with my own ideas. For a realistic example, when I was formerly asked to write, I usually would write a story word for word based on a movie or with slight adjustments, but with Dee I feel more confident and self love for my own ideas and much more. Even after her visits are finally up I still have 2 slim books to teach me a lot about original content, narratives and how to make ideas. I always used to struggle to add more to my brainstorm sheet which I keep in my writing folder but ever since Dee’s 1ST VISIT I have added more than 10!

On the behalf of year 6 and all the other grades we would like to thank you Dee White for all you have done for us and how inspiring and supportive you are to our ideas I think more than the whole year 6 can say: We want you as a permanent writing teacher for real. Thank you again Dee you have no idea what you have really done for us.

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