June 2016 & whilst getting ready for school we were being distracted by the winning entries being read out on the Chris Evans breakfast show, which are amazing by the way. If you want to listen to some of the brilliant storytelling by youngsters, just click here.
There and then, Mademoiselle said “I want to do this next year, Mummy”
And sure enough, she did.
The Joy of a new Notebook!
When the competition opened in January I bought her a special notepad to jot down her ideas whenever they came to her. She used this and looking at it now her scribbles are quite insightful!
To be honest, when it came to actually writing her story she was hesitant – the idea of writing 500 words seemed like a huge mountain to climb. 500 sounds like a lot but at the same time it’s not – you can waffle and waffle and end up with many more.
It took her about a week to put pencil to paper & complete her story.
I’ve also discovered my girl is a night owl, like me. She’d have a great idea just before bed, and 30 minutes later she’s still writing with the ideas flowing!
Once handwritten, we created her own folder on the PC and I typed it up. Seeing she’d written 834 words gave her a boost – that she really could write 500 words and more!
During half term week Mademoiselle spent time looking at the tips on the 500 Words competition website, editing her story & thumbing thru a thesaurus.
She wanted to make the edits herself which although took her a long time it was a good to develop her keyboard skills. She went from 834 words to 534 across 7 different drafts. The last 34 words I did help her with. Editing down is much harder than editing up!!
Finally she had 498 words & a week to go before the deadline.
Mademoiselle is a stickler for following rules and protocol. One of the recommendations by the 500 Words judges is to ask others to review your work.
Emails were sent to teachers, friends and grandparents who were all super encouraging & did give her feedback.
With days to go she did it! She incorporated feedback, edited one final time and pressed ‘send’ on her 500 Word story.
Obviously I think her story is brilliant & should win, but then again I’m biased 😉
But I’m so proud of her tenacity *after a slight kick up the bottom!* to keep it going. At the age of just 9yo she’s created a story from her own little imagination which she’s willing to share with the outside world. How cool is that?!
We have to wait and see what happens next. Last year there were over 4,500 entries. I’m proud of my Mademoielle – she’s a winner in my book whatever happens!
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.