Short Stories: A Child's Perspective
Ramos, Mary Dawn Ponce
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For me, writing was always a fun pastime. My interest in writing didn't occur until I was 11 and in the sixth grade. Surprisingly enough, my first attempt at writing short stories and poetry was for a magazine my friends and I created. Together we came out with three issues for the school year. Since then, I wrote on and off for the next two years. I discovered that art of the joy with writing is sharing my works with my friends. Most of my support came from their encouragement and belief in me as a novice writer. It wasn't until I started doing work as a creative writing teacher to South Haven home schoolers did I began to think seriously about writing children's literature. I can seriously say that reading their creative stories prompted me to write a collection of children's short stories. In a way, I spent most of Fall 1996 reliving life as a kid again. What better way to write children's literature but through a child's imagination, right? The hardest thing about writing these stories, I would say, is capturing the essence of a child, a quality I hoped I achieved for the most part.