A creative story about an imaginary friend and a human boy

Not long ago, I interviewed the author Hilary Mantel and she explained her writing process as being similar to that of a medium, like the character of Alison in her novel, Beyond Black Temmy was a boy, Clugga a girl, and I remember them now in the way you might remember beloved cousins not seen since childhood.

They are abandoned, frozen in time, consigned to memory and anecdote.

short essay on my imaginary friend

The vast majority of imaginary companions came in human form 68 per centthough there were some animals too 15 per cent and a small number, of whom I immediately became jealous, who had friends with magical powers seven per cent.

They live in, well I made up, a planet called Sweek.

A creative story about an imaginary friend and a human boy

Using the medium imaginary friends, the author could have told a more significant story, especially about the claustrophobic world of an autistic child. There are countries and lots and lots of factories all round it. Had there been any disadvantages to having them? But memory distorts. And the ending, I felt, was extremely trite. Her adult occupation is simply an advanced form of her childhood game: she still spends her time in the vivid company of imagined historical characters, but is now able to commit that fantasy to the page. I do not like Max's other teacher, Mrs Patterson. I have been alive for five years. Imaginary friends among children is surprisingly common. We do not, just because we grow up, lose our capacity for fantasy, or imagination; it simply comes out in other ways. Me: What do the factories make? Benefits of fantasy friends Research has found that youngsters who make fantasy friends are more socially aware than children who do not have an imaginary playmate. Most children with imaginary friends understand the difference between their own fantasy and reality.

A work of fiction, then, can only be successful if it is animated by some living energy distinct from the controlling hand of the author. And not just typically developing children have them, those with Down Syndrome and children diagnosed with autism also enjoy playing with fantasy friends.

But it can be very frustrating for the parents. Children typically start inventing imaginary friends between the ages of three and five. With all these benefits though, it is currently hard to tell exactly whether imaginary friends actually cause them or whether children who are just generally more creative and socially aware are more likely to have such friends.

Imaginary friends are often the reason for broken windows or untidy rooms according to their child creators. That is, they have become so good at imagining their friend or character that they are no longer conscious of the process of creation — the friend or character seems to arrive automatically, fully formed.

Children make up imaginary friends for many different reasons, and each fantasy friend is unique and special to their creator.

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