So now that my 9 year old has his ideas ready to go, I tell him it's time to write his rough draft. I explained to him that he needs to organize his thoughts into a beginning, middle & end and also plan for illustrations. This meant he would have to decide how many sentences he wanted on each page.
Naturally, he wanted to start with Giant Snakey's beginning (his "birth"). Then he systematically went through Giant Snakey's school years and all the trouble he had with bullies.
I found this theme of bullying especially interesting because I know my son has a had a bit of a rough time since he has SPD and his social skills aren't up to par. He is a rule-follower to a "T" and I know that as a result, his main coping skill is ignoring the other child(ren).
But in this story, Giant Snakey was using other strategies and being much more vocal and even outgoing! This is a wonderful thing for my son's growth! Plus it gave us an opportunity to discuss bullying and coping skills.
So now he has 25+ pages to edit and since that's the next step, we'll save that for next time!