Childhood is a time filled with imagination. A child’s imagi- nation expands his universe and allows for the presence
Because children know so little of the
them. Anything is possible, until they
learn it is not so.
For instance, during my own child-hood,;I;had;a;magic;tree;in;my;backyard.
reality (in the form of my mother’s voice)
simply walk around my tree three times
in;a;clockwise;direction,;and;I;immedi-ately became invisible. Problem solved.
the magic was also imaginary. It was really not necessary for me to walk three
times counter-clockwise to regain my
more fun that way. The tree’s magic properties were my very own secret.
Many children have similar fanta-sies.;As;they;grow;older,;these;fantasies
creative thinking only grows with age.
These are the ones that begin to imag-ine;stories;and;later,;to;desire;to;write
books. As the homeschooling population ages and expands, I am coming
across more and more homeschooled
teens who turn this creative bent into
Take,;for;example,;the;story;of;Chris-topher Paolini. Paolini1, who was
15. At first he self-published the novel
and he and his family set off across the
country to promote the novel. Eventu-ally,;the;book;was;brought;to;the;atten-tion of an editor at Alfred A. Knopf,
who picked up the book and signed the
young author on to a three-book deal.
Now, eleven years later, Paolini has
three more novels and a movie screen-play;under;his;belt,;and;his;future;as;a
writer seems secure.
Of course, not every young author
achieves that degree of recognition and
they are not hindered by them.