Writing Is Like Role Play

I’m so lucky to work with children. They constantly teach and remind me of what I most need to remember every-day.

When starting something new, like writing a book, we tend to take the pursuit so seriously. I did anyway.

When I returned from a holiday break this Easter, I realised how much I’d missed the little ones I care for role playing with one another. As I overheard their made-up stories about pink trees and grumpy uncle Stan with the wonky pose, I mused at their understanding of one another’s description and eagerness to continue adding to the story the other had begun.

It made no sense to a grown up like me listening in but those pre-schoolers knew exactly what the story was about.

They were using their imagination.

They were being creative.

They were playing.

They didn’t even stop to question the correctness of what they were saying, they cared not that the trees aren’t really pink and its nose and not pose.

They just didn’t care.

They got it.

They understood the point of what they were doing.

They were in joy.

They were sharing their stories and they just understood one another perfectly.

This helped me put writing into perspective. And life itself.

Both are meant to be an expression of my creativity and joy. Not an enduring chore that I must get factually correct, with no mistakes or typos in sight.

If a reader resonates with me or my story, then just like the toddlers in role play, they will get my message, they’ll hear my story and to them it will make sense. They won’t need to criticise or find fault.

That’s my reward. I’ve exercised my imagination and expressed myself. Interpretation and understanding-that’s the readers reward, just like connection, play, and joy is the children’s role play reward, when they understand one another.

They don’t expect to be right, get recognition or earn any money from it.

They do it just because they love it. 

I never correct a pink tree story because, I know in their happy world, the trees are pink. I prefer pink to green anyway. You can argue for correctness, I just love to write.

Keep Scribbling,

Em x

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