I found this little piece of paper when I was moving some old boxes. It was written by my brother about me.

In modern English it reads;

My sister Ruth is such a tell tale. She cries all the time.
She thinks that a playstation is better than a Nintendo 64.
She does not know what a game is. She is so stupid.

Apart from making me laugh and embarrassing my brother by reading it out to the family, I think it’s useful to delve into the private mind of a child (for the use of writing.)

Me and my brother are very close but of course we had fights when we were kids. You can tell a lot from that piece of writing and I’m sure I wrote nasty things about him too.

This piece of writing shows us a snippet of how kids think, how they feel and how they express it. If you’re writing from the point of view of a child then you should get to know one, how do they talk, think, feel and react to situations?

I worked as an Au Pair in Germany looking after three young boys and they never failed to surprise me. One thing I love about kids is they don’t judge. They didn’t think ‘that English Au Pair is really useless!’ Instead they actually helped me and didn’t judge me for not knowing something.

This is a writing tip that I follow;

Write what you know. If you don’t know, then find out.

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