At the end of the school year last year, Owen brought home the writing journal that he kept for his second grade class. I didn't know that he kept a writing journal, so I was interested to read his work.
And how pleasantly surprised I was! He totally cut loose as far as story goes. There were no limits. He responded to prompts with verve and attitude. I think this is something that we all should do as writers. He wasn't writing for publication, or even a grade, and his ideas were fun and fascinating (though maybe a little violent....).
A sample or two (with corrections for spelling, etc. from Mom):
1. "If I was a giant I would eat kids alive. I would also destroy buildings I touch. that would be cool. I would actually be green. I also want to step on people."
2. "The rusty key fit in the lock and a dead man fell out. 'This is a mystery' I said to my friends. We went to the next door in the house. It was locked, so we used the rusty key. It fit! We saw a light in there...."
3. "The silly dragon had two dogs that breathe fire. Weird. He also has a rat that flies. He also has lots of stuff."
Not too shabby for a then-seven year old. Mixing up genres. Introducing interesting characters and plotlines. Shifting POVs. All in all, I think a nice start to the writing gig.