I believe I have a writing successor, or at least a sidekick. My daughter has always had an affinity for not only drawing, but elaborate storytelling as well. Like most nine year olds she has a ridiculously active imagination and vision for what she wants to tell. However, she's not always entirely sure how best to convey it, and so she asks me how best to begin or end it. Being a staunch creative independent shy away from answering. I prefer to have her say what she wants, and then later refine it with grammatical polishing and such. She's quite an artist as well, drawing much inspiration from the same catalysts as me. Often, she'll be sparked by a drawing and be compelled to write something, or vice versa. She possesses such a creative knack, virtually world building much in the same way that I do. She even shares similar tastes in reading: scary stories, science-fiction, comedy, and mystery. I am proudly impressed with her.
Having acknowledged this, my wife and I are impressing the importance of nourishing her creative outlets as we've discovered a new and local performing arts school which specializes in further honing these abilities, as well as in other artistic mediums. There are several I know she would like, but I know with absolute certainty that she would LOVE the creative writing field. Oddly enough, so do I! If only by boys could add this to their brutish resumes. My oldest son is beginning to exhibit these same-ish creative qualities, as he's emerging from the barbarous toddler years, achieving the refinement of a somewhat learned five year old; although I feel he'll possess many of the same qualities of my humorous older brother: he always knows how to make everyone laugh. He and his little brother have evolved to not quite so crude cave-like drawings. They're showing impressive potential.
Unfortunately, the above mentioned school accepts students of the seventh grade level, so she has several years to go. This will, however, play to her advantage: giving her time to work, stretch, and refine her abilities. I am excited, and fiercely proud of her. There's just one problem, my baby girl is growing too fast.