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Vera's First Story in English

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You don't know what's going to happen when you write. That's doubly true when you're co-writing with a kid.


Vera is an eight-year-old girl from Russia who likes English, and is good at it, but finds her class in school to be the normal form of boring. She likes dolphins, break-dancing, and math. This is the first story she's ever written in English. I started, then we alternated, going over changes and corrections along the way.

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Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a small dragon sleeping in a cave.
He had a son. And he had a lot of food.
But, there was a problem. His son wouldn't stop growing. He was already twice the size of the father, and he wasn't slowing down.
One day the son was gone.
The father sought him everywhere, but he couldn't find him.
As he was walking home he heard some laughter from nearby. As he peeked through the bushes he couldn't believe his eyes.
He saw a dolphin dancing with his son. The dolphin had L…

Maksim Makes a Story

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Fiction writing has a higher level of technical skill at both the stylistic and structural levels. That can be useful.


If you've never written a story before, it can be intimidating to do. That's especially true if English isn't your native language, and you live in a non-English speaking country. I have helped a lot of people break through that barrier. I seem to have a bit of a knack for it, and I find it fun.

Maksim is a middle-aged family man from Belarus that does online marketing for a large computer gaming company. He likes soccer, has some expensive guitars, and is making a music app. And, he was a little skeptical about writing fiction. I could tell. We did it anyway, and it went well. I started, and then we alternated.

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Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived an old man. He went for a walk in the woods everyday at noon. He walked the same path, in the same way. Looked at the same trees, and across the same lake.

Everything was the same unti…

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