DS (5) is in a Magic Treehouse Phase, and we have spent a number of days in character already (interestingly, he wants to be Annie, because she is "braver", even though he is a lot more like Jack himself).
He has also started to "write" MTH stories for himself. Traveling to and from the seaside on the train, he has dictated two "volumes" to me and added drawings himself. I am quite proud of his stamina: they run over several (rather short and plagiarized, of course) chapters, have a beginning and ending and make sense, with only very few prompts from me "I think you need to include a sentence about how they knew this", or "I think you should put "Annie and Jack" here instead of just "they", as it's the beginning of a new chapter; the like. I have really tried hard not to intrude into his creative process.
So I can actually do other stuff as he spends time on this, we have allowed him to type the next "volume" on DH's machine (he also does the drawing now with a graphic program, I could not persuade him that his crayon drawings look much prettier and can always be scanned and added) and I have promised him we will print out the book.
Of course he uses all lower case, takes forever for every line, uses a lot of creative spelling and only rudimentary punctuation (I am actually quite impressed how well he spells, you can tell he's been reading a lot on his own lately) and basically calls me over after every sentence to show proudly what he's written and to ask me to save it. But apart from that he is incredibly focused and persistent, in ways I haven't seen in any activity for a long time - and the story so far is perfectly legible and makes sense. I shall enjoy printing it out. I am thinking of making two versions, print out his original work and one that's been corrected for spelling and punctuation.
I am wondering if there is any way to facilitate his keyboarding, so he can focus more on the creative process and will not eventually become too frustrated by the slow speed? is it even possible with 5yo hands to (sort of) touch type, it doesn't have to be perfect touch typing of course, just make things easier and faster? Would he need a special keyboard? Or should I try to set up an old notebook with smaller keys for him? (Sounds like the perfect solution actually if only I could get rid of that horrribly slow and unstable Windows Vista - I know there are ways to replace it with a more stable Windows version but so far I have been too chicken to try, I am not much of a tech person).
Anyone with experience in the matter of little authors?