“When did you start writing?” I ask.
“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing.”
My second daughter was writing stories long before she knew how to form letters into words. It was no surprise to me when she announced she wanted to study writing at a tertiary level. 19 year old Imogen is now in her third and final year of a Professional Writing and Publishing degree at university.
So how did she get there? Did she learn to write by doing a structured course? What about spelling and grammar? Surely she learnt all about essay writing before she started her university degree? Going back a few years, how did she write before she even knew about letters?
I asked Imogen if she would chat with me about unschool writing for this week’s podcast. We discussed the above questions plus a whole lot more, and I found myself laughing over the memory of a few panicky moments. (Does anyone else have those sort of moments?)
This podcast runs for a few minutes longer than usual. When two people, who are passionate about writing, get together, it’s hard to stop them talking. Of course, writing is our turkey!
“Imogen, I’m writing a post to go with my podcast. Do you mind if I use this photo? You’re wearing your pyjamas.”
“That’s fine. At least I’m wearing one of my good pairs!”
That photo tells a story. I took it on our recent holiday to Canberra. Imogen was sitting on the sofa in our holiday cabin, with her laptop on her knees. It was early in the morning and while she waited to get into the shower, she was editing some of her novel.
Before I post the podcast, I’ll add the program notes which will all make sense after you’ve listened to this week’s offering.
Recommended Writing Books
So You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K. M. Weiland
Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish by James Scott Bell (We haven’t read this one but it looks interesting!)
Imogen’s writing blog: Gossiping with Dragons
Writing Groups and Challenges
Unschooling Writing, Essays and a Few Panicky Moments!
You can also find me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page!
And one more thing…