how we can encourage + siblings || also i got my monopoly fix

Monday, March 13, 2017

























our power was out for two days last week so I was brainstorming some things to keep my siblings busy with. I ended up getting out a bunch of notebooks and my character name book. soon they were brainstorming ideas and looking for character names. then I introduced them to the word "plot" and soon they were plotting everything #justsocuteokay

but I guess I just forgot what it felt like when I was their age. when I was eight or so I quit writing because I let my older siblings writing skills and the monster of comparison take over bc they were "better than me." I quit writing for basically four years.

FOUR. YEARS.
I guess what I'm saying is, by encouraging our younger siblings in their writing (and other things) it'll make what they are doing feel more important. even if they are young. even if they don't use quotation marks yet. even if their plots are super cliche and their "books" are 5,000 words long. it doesn't matter - younger siblings are constantly looking for recognition. They want to feel included. I know this myself being a younger sib.

my younger bro has been asking me if he can do that "writers thing" I've been doing. (aka camp nano) but I just discovered they don't have a young writers camp nano - why is this not a thing??



so Julia's friend brought over Monopoly (THANKS GIRL) and legit she got this monopoly from the UK and its just the coolest. but anyways, I went to jail like four times and it was just like:
I was in the store today and I guess my cart was in the way of his and this elderly guy goes, "excuse me, love" in the most amazing accent. like, OKAY WHY DOESN'T EVERYONE TALK LIKE THAT


do you have younger siblings?? do they write?
AREN'T ACCENTS AMAZING??

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  1. I love listening to people's accents! Especially Irish or Scottish, although I met a man with a Yorkshire accent the other day. Basically I feel like asking anyone from the British Aisles to keep talking while I nod and admire their voice. *wonders nervously if that's creepy* *blames it on being a writer*

    I have younger siblings; the oldest writes science essays and the younger two write stories. As you talked about in your blog, sometimes the plots/characters/dialogue etc aren't the best! But they're coming on.

    I struggle with encouraging them, sometimes, because when I started writing it was 'my thing' - the special thing that only I did. As an 'older sib', I was forever trying to have something of my own, and felt they always copied me. But now I try to share writing with them, discuss plots and character development and possible twists. They still have a bit of a way to go, but so do I - not just as a writer, but as a older sister.

    Thanks for your inspiring post!

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    1. saaammmeee. UGH YES *loves all the accents so much* oohhh okay that's so cool yaaass. although, writing in an accent could be hard *should try that*

      haha - reading their writing it's funny how much it reminds me of their own at their ages xP

      ahhh. are you the oldest?? I can see that - I mean, Julia could have said I copied her in the writing thing when I was young lol. it's awesome to have writing buddies for siblings - they are the honesty we sometimes need :P totally understand that - it's hard, but I suppose sometimes we forget they are growing up too. pretty soon they'll be old enough to close up a lot of that "understanding" gap - when you are older, like Julia and I, there doesn't seem to be an age gap anymore. xD

      aww, so glad it was! thanks!!

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    2. Yes, I'm the oldest. I'm sure my sisters would agree with you on what it's like being a younger sibling... but being the oldest has its own set of problems!

      But yeah, the older of my younger siblings are, like you said, closing up that understanding gap. I have proper writing discussions with them (they have some good ideas sometimes; and they certainly read enough to become good writers!) Now I just need to remember to be patient and encouraging so they can grow :)

      (And I don't have any accents in my stories... but I figure I can blame a lot on being a writer...I'm weird? I'm a writer. I'm antisocial? Yah, writer. I have a really unusual sense of humour? Writer. Watch people? Writer - not creepy!) :)

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    3. haha - being a younger siblings can be hard, but it sure has it's benefits (aka when the older sib gets in trouble dont do what they did xD)

      totally - no one stays young forever (kinda sad, tho. *doesnt rly wanna grow up but does*) aw, that sounds awesome! are you doing camp nano??

      hahahaa right!! bc writers are obv weird *nods in agreement* we have a great cause for staring (er, gathering info) XD

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  2. DUDE YOUR SIBS ARE SO CUTE

    And also I totally feel you about the older-siblings-comparison thing . . . I was always like "SHE'S SO MUCH BETTER THAN ME" and then I was like "oh wait she's three years older" XD But Camp naNo for young writers should totally be a thing!! And gosh your siblings *squeals* EEP EEP THEY'RE SO CUTE

    And I'll stop squealing now

    BUT YOUR SUBLINGS *squeals*

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    1. DUDE IKR XD

      arg right - we are so alike it's almost weird tho xD SAAMMEE. I guess when you both get into that older stage sometimes it seems as if there is no age gap anymore. totally agreed - I might end up making an account and having him under me - but rly, it should exist.

      <33

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  3. I have several younger siblings. One of my brothers is really into drawing comics (which are very cute), and my little sister is currently writing a book called "Bill and the Amazing Adventures." XD
    You should make your own Young Writers Nano! I bet your siblings would love it. :D

    -Clara <3

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    1. aweee, that's so cute!! I've never had much of a talent for sketching :P omw that is so cute - sounds like some of my 6-year-old stories :P

      that's a great idea! I'm surprised NaNo hasn't done it tho - I mean, they have a november one?..there should be an april and july one xD

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  4. 1. What an awesome way to use your internet break <3!!!
    2. Monopoly is the go-to for my sister and I (partly because she refuses to play scrabble with me, but that's okay.) Have you played Monopoly Deal (the card game) yet :D?
    3. I BET THAT GUY WAS FROM ENGLAND. We have some friends from England. They've lived here... oh, so long. I'm not even sure, but they raised their kids here and now have adult grandkids. And they still have the nicest accent, haha :). I know I can't hear the accent this guy had, BUT, Mr Wesley says "excuse me, love" all the time, and so, yeah, I thought of them right away. Haha :).

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    1. hahaa we did soo many things - like making cookies on our woodstove, playing simon says and tic tac toe *laughs* XD

      whaaaa? I love scrabble! It's the best game - we play it all the time. I haven't played that, although, I have heard of it. is it fun??

      I think so - but I'm horrible with that sort of thing so lol. ooooohhh that is sooo cooolll. accents are the coolest to listen to!

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    2. Oh, so much fun :D. Though I can't seem to win much. LoL!

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  5. Okay, this is my favorite post you've done.

    Yes to the siblings, and yes to the accents, and yes to the gifs, and yes to encouraging, and yes to Monopoly jail, and yes to the pictures.

    Just, yes.

    - Izzy | planted-by-the-water.blogspot.com

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    1. omw okay, Izzy, thank you so much. like, I cant even *melts* srsly thank you so much <33333

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  6. HAHA Sarah finally sees the amazingness of accents. He was a Brit, right?? Was he? 'Cause no one can say "love" as wobderfully as a Brit :P
    -Mic

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    1. FINALLY. WHAT? I have always seen the amazingness of accents okay?? *laughs* yep - I think so - I almost heard a twinge of scottish which is weird, but maybe it was just me xP

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  7. Younger siblings are so awwwwwww.
    And that guy. Accents are the best <3

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    1. ikr?? <333

      ugh just yes - aaallll the accents <33

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  8. So true. So encouraging.

    Ellie
    www.uniquelyyou1.blogspot.com

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    1. awww, i'm so glad - thanks, Ellie! <33

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  9. I love accents so much! I have a New Zealand accent and when I was in America it was funny cos lots of people thought I was either English or Australian. Lol. Poor New Zealanders get mistaken for others all the time! Haha. I seriously LOVE american accents! And British ones, like omw, they are stunning.
    Also LOVE the encourage your siblings bit. So true.
    Stay awesome :D

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    1. so. agreed. awwee - I wanna hear your accent!! if it sounds anything like Australian i'm sure it's brilliant XD waaiitt. american accent?? okay - I wish I could hear it from your perspective bc to me, I don't have an accent. XD and YAS. BRITISH ACCENTS <33

      aww thanks, Bonnie! <33

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    2. British accents are awesome; American accents can be really cute (or funny) - /especially/ when you don't realise what you sound like to us! :D

      (I'm Australian. We talk sensibly. It's the rest of the world that talks funny. Even you Kiwis... although you're not too bad! People with NZ accents sound normal to us, and then they say words with certain sounds, and I almost stop listening to mentally repeat what they said. I always feel like smiling - in a nice way! - over NZ accents! :) (You (NZ) are like a cool cousin, okay?) :D

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    3. srsly tho - I wish I could hear my American accent from someone else and their perspective because to me, I don't have one. xP

      oooohhh. Australian accents are SO. COOL. it's pretty cool how people can speak the same language, but speak it differently, ya know? so cool XD

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  10. aww that is the absolute cutest; your siblings making writing things. they're going to be the next blogger generation complaining about NaNo XDD
    (also the photos are adorable)

    YAY MONOPOLY did you finish? how long did it take? monopoly takes forrreeevvvverrrrrr

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    1. ikr?? <33 lol!! yaasss totally - nano is pretty great but they SHOULD have a camp nano for young writers *should start this* aww thanks!!

      ARE YOU KIDDING? you could play a monopoly game FOREEVEERR. okay, not really. we weren't able to finish bc she had to go home but she let us borrow the game - I should get my sisters to play again tonight XD

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  11. I wish I had a younger sibling. THEY'RE JUST SO CUTE. But yes, I would love to encourage a younger writer. I'm actually thinking of starting a mentoring/teaching business to guide younger writers in their journeys one day.

    Accents are the best xD

    audrey caylin

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    1. <333 ohmygoodness that's brilliant! such a cool idea - you should totally do that!

      sooo agreeedd. xD

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  12. Man this post is awesome!! I totally understand that sibling thing. And bravo for teaching yours about plotting!! They are young entrepreneurs. ;D
    AMAZING photos!

    Sophy
    lavender & blue
    the inkpot girl

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    1. gosh you are sweet xD <3 srsly girl your comments always make me so happy *grins*

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  13. I think that's such a beautiful thing that you are encouraging the talents of your younger siblings! It's cliche, but comparison is the thief of joy. I remember I used to compare my talents to others a lot (I still do) and how draining that can be. It's best to just create and be yourself, yo! Diggin' your blog!

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    1. aw, thanks so much! <33 agreed - it's a thing I think a lot of people struggle with and yep, I still do sometimes as well :P *fistbump* TOTALLY agreed, girl. and omw you are so sweet *grins*

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  14. This is so true and something that needs to be repeated so much. My seven year old brother writes and it's sometimes soooo hard to be encouraging. I tend to judge him as a full fledged writer than the 7yo that he is and that's totally not fair. THANK YOU FOR THE REMINDER.

    Accents! *grins* One of my best friends is a Kiwi, so I hear her accent on a regular basis, and anything from the British Isles... Ooh, funny accents/siblings story.
    So there's a British soccer camp every year in our town, and I was signing Nate (the aforementioned 7 year old - then 6) up. The guy manning the booth was from Northern Ireland (Derry, I think, by the accent) and it was rather thick. Anyway, as I filled out a bunch of papers he tried to make conversation with Nate about soccer, and Nate wouldn't say anything, even when I repeated it to him, and he's neevvveerrr shy. Anyway, we finished up and then we started walking back to our house (the city's soccer fields are a ten minute walk away). WHILE WITHIN EARSHOT Nate asked me what language he was speaking. *facepalm* I had to explain the difference between accents and languages and how the majority of people in Ireland do not speak Irish and yeah. That was embarrassing. And hilarious after the fact. XD

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    1. awwe, he's seven? that's so cute XD yep - like you try and help them out and after 10 minutes they want to do something else lol. aww, totally!

      okay that is SO. COOL. *needs a friend with an accent* accents are totally the best xD
      ohmygoodness your little bro LOL. Irish accents are so cool tho, right?? do you think the guy heard? *laughs* ah, yeeaahh. that would be embarrassing but at least he was six. when he grows up you can forever tease him about that XD

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  15. That is so sweet, and so true! I know when I was younger, it meant a lot when someone looked at my writing, or was interested.... Now, I have one younger bro, and it's easy to forget he's still young, and needs encouragement, ya know?
    THAT GIF THOUGH!! That always literally KILLS me. Absolutely.

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    1. so same - it's a thing I guess a lot of us forget about..that they are getting older too and are experiencing things we've gone through too. totally.

      UGH SAME. I srsly was saving that gif and can't believe I found a way to use it *laughs*

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  16. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!!!! Legit I know exactly what you mean -- being a younger sibling as well, encouragement is soooo key. My older sister is such a good writer and I often compare (UGH WHY) but she has always encouraged me to write ever since I was a small bean and I think that has really helped to keep us close writer buddies. ALSO YES THERE NEEDS TO BE A NANO FOR YOUNGER KIDS!! Also UK monopoly sounds fabulous. *flips hair*

    SUCH CUTE PICTURES TOO OMG <3333

    rock on,
    abbiee

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    1. sooo agggrreeeeddd. hahaa same - it's a thing I've struggled with, but improved on (there are still times tho, lol. :P) awww, that's so sweet. writer buddies for sisters are the best (and not bc they can be ruthless) TOTALLY. we must start this.


      THANK YOU SO MUCH, ABBIEE <33

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  17. I LOVE ENGLISH ACCENTS!!!!!!! UHHHHH!!! <333
    I really want to be in England right now.

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    1. SAAMMEEE

      yes that would be so awesome XD

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