Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Many people say that they are going to write a novel. I imagine not many of them actually do. Well, Tommy has!!

Several years ago, when he was just 9 years old, Tommy began writing a story that has turned into a book. He carried it around with him constantly and wrote it by hand over the past 3 years. He would write notes to himself when he had an idea for it. He'd write lists of characters and ideas for their names. He even created a different language to be used in certain places in the book. Amazing!!

This past June, the 28th to be exact, he wrote the last word. Of course I caught it on camera!

Here it is. 366 handwritten pages!!!! Isn't that so cool!! He actually plans on this being the first of 12 books. He's quite an ambitious young man isn't he?
He's so proud and so are we!
Immediately after he finished writing, he began to type it into the computer. As he was typing he did a lot of re-writing. He found that he is a much different writer now than he was when he was 9 years old. Because of all of the re-writing, his typed version is almost as long as the hand-written one. It is 343 typed pages, 34 chapters.

He is printing the chapters out a couple at a time. Several of his friends have been reading it and he has gotten very positive feedback. They eagerly await the next chapters. One of his friends told him that she kept forgetting, as she was reading, that he was actually the author.

He would love to get his book published. We know nothing about how to begin to go about this. He's been reading a book on getting things published, and I imagine that we'll be doing plenty of research on the internet about it.

In the meantime, he's started on the next book. He's written 50 typed pages already!!


Bren said...

WOW!! How impressive. It is so great that you are encouraging that talent. You can tell it is a real purpose in him as 3 years working on the same thing is commitment! I want to know where I can purchase this book once it is published!!

Jennie said...

It was so neat to read about Tonny's writing ambitions. It is amazing how passionate a child can be fore something. Now, my boy, on the other hand thinks pencils and pens are only for drawing and composition should be banned.

Cathy said...

I just love your family. Thank you for sharing about them and opening up your heart.
Love ya friend,

Anonymous said...

That is soooo awesome!!! Writing a book is a high calling... there is great power in the written word.

School for Us said...

Wow! That's incredible. Sounds like an author in the making. It's great to be the passionate about something - especially writing! Maybe you can share a chapter online???

nanny said...

Dad and I want to be first in line for an autographed copy. (I wondered, when he looked at us sometimes, if we were possibly material for the book!!!! nanny