Will your child grow up to be an author?

If you are an author with children, then you may be wondering if your child will grow up to be an author just like you. Perhaps you know some other children that are showing interest in reading and writing. How can you tell if a child has the gift of becoming an author?

Here are the signs to look for. While reading these, reflect on your own childhood and what made you decide to become an author.

Attention problems.

As a child, the future author has trouble focusing. Their mind wanders to distant worlds, with amazing characters and vivid stories. It’s hard for the child to pay attention when there are more interesting things to imagine.

Academic struggles.

When I visit schools, teachers always introduce me to their honor students and say, “They would make a great author someday.” That might be true, but children who grow up to be authors, almost always had below average grades. Not because they were lazy or unintelligent. It’s because school did not fit into their artistic world. 2+2 may equal 4, but what if 2+2 was the formula to take over a person’s mind and create a futuristic villain. That would be more entertaining.

No interest in reading.

That’s right. Children, who grow up to be authors, usually did not like reading. This is connected to their attention problems. Also, the child only accepts THEIR imaginative world, not someone else’s.  Because the child struggles academically, they connect reading to their low grades.

Blurts out whatever comes to mind.

The child was born to profile others, making each person into their own character. It is difficult for the child to think something about another person and not say what is on their mind. The child bundles all this imagination and once in awhile, they have to let it out.

Talks to themselves.

There is a fine line between the child’s reality and the fictitious world that plays out in the child’s imagination. Everything becomes make believe. And the child is desperate to act out the story, because they have no other channel.

Born leaders.

The future child author wants to be the center of attention and lead others. They aren’t sure why they need to be in front, they just feel it is the natural place to be. In school, they may be the class clown one day and class president the next day. It doesn’t matter, just as long as the other students are looking at them.

Always doing things their own way.

There is a natural sequence of events for students to spend a day in school. However, the future author opposes those events and encourages others to follow. It is a mixture of imagination and leadership. Every single day needs to be different, with adventure, suspense, thrills, and even disappointment. The future author wants to disrupt the normalcy and guide everyone to a unique place.

No problem getting friends.

The future child author knows what others want to hear. The child uses that skill to gain friendship. The child does things differently than everyone else. Others become interested, anxious to see more.

Dramatizes everything.

“How was your day at school?” That is a pretty simple question that is usually answered, “It was good.” Nevertheless, a child who will someday be an author will expand on their day. They might even fib and talk about things that did not happen. The child skirts the line between lying and the bore of telling the truth. If someone was hurt at school, expect details on every reaction and how exciting the ordeal had become.

Struggles with writing.

Believe it or not, future authors did not like writing stories. In school, there is so much structure and rules on how to write, the child refuses to go along. Also, because the child is struggling with grades, he/she thinks their writing will be poor. And most of all, the child becomes afraid to write what is really on their mind, fearing punishment.


The child loves more than another child. They become angrier than the average student. They cry over the simplest of problems. Every emotion is magnified and overwhelms the child. You cannot ask the child to just shrug off a problem. In their world, nothing is small or insignificant.

If you know a child that has attention problems, struggling with academics, doesn’t like to read or write, blurts out whatever comes to mind, talks to themselves when alone, always want to lead and be the center of attention, doing things their own way, has no problem getting friends, and dramatizes their emotions, then it is quite possible that child is the next great bestselling author.

Maybe I just described you as a child.

When I do events or speaking engagements at school, I can always pick out the future author. It is the one student that did not listen to anything I had to say. Instead…they were in their own world.

Ron Knight 


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  1. Donna Altman says:

    This is a wonderful post. I see so much of myself in it as well as my oldest son. He write poems. Wonderful inspiring post. Thanks for such up lifting words. Children are wonderful personalities an need encouragement to push forward. Your time with these Middle School kids is not only helping you but inspiring them.