Editing For Others

I’m so proud!

My DD and SD have started writing stories. I was about their age when I embarked on this marvelous journey toward being published, so it’s kind of neat watching them.

The thing is, they’ve asked me to correct their work. I’m happy to do it, but how brutal am I supposed to be with them? If I was critting one of these stories for an adult I’d kindly rip it up (I’m not a mean critter). But I can’t go that far with a couple kids. Yet I want them to understand what works and what doesn’t. I never had any kind of help when I was their age and I’m sure I could’ve done much better with it.

So, you’re faced with a wip from a 12 year old. How much do you change, or “fix”?


It’s going to be a nice day today. Nearly 60 degrees. Spring is coming! I’m thrilled, even if it means that I have to deal with mud and black flies. At least mud and black flies won’t knock out electricity. Okay, yah, so we could have another bad storm, but we’re getting further and further away from the chances of another ice storm. Please, no more ice storms!!!


2 thoughts on “Editing For Others

  1. I have a nephew who is following in my footsteps. He is a great kid and I don’t want to discourage him either. I volunteer to read his stories, but right now I don’t “edit” them.I just want to see him write.

  2. I love it that you’re mentoring young writers. That is so cool! No more snow, ice storms, shoveling…I’m right there with you. I want to shed joyful tears every time I look out the window at the brown grass. I don’t care that it’s not growing yet. Or that it’s not green. It’s grass. I’m not picky. 🙂

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