My son just finished his first book. Writing his first book. He's seven.
It's actually quite good. It's called Fish Guy and the Spine Sharks and follows the adventures of the titular character as he fights the enemy Spine Sharks. There are ten chapters and each one involves Fish Guy trying a new tactic to defeat the enemy. Usually an new weapon (or as he spells it, wepon).
He's taking it very seriously. The draft he showed me was his first draft and he asked me to edit it for him before he types up a good copy. I did, and last night he typed the first chapter. It took him about an hour and the chapter doesn't even fill a page.
Today he asked me if I thought he could get published. And if maybe they might make a movie of his book. I just told him he was jumping the gun. He should finish his good copy before he started thinking that far ahead.
When he's finished typing up his good copy I'll get it printed and bound for him so he can feel like his work is published. Maybe we can do a few copies so he has something unique to give his grandparents for Christmas...
Do your kids try and follow in your footsteps?