A Young Writer's HandbookBook - 2010
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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over
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Kids may know author Anne Mazer best from her The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes series. Ellen Potter, on the other hand, is better known for the Olivia Kidney series or her individual books like SLOB. Now these two authors have joined forces to provide their young readers and incipient writers with a bit of guidance. Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook splits into three neat and tidy sections: “Part I: Ready, Set, Go!”, “Part II: Crafting Your Story”, and “Part III: The Writer’s Brain”. Within those sections, the authors discuss everything from voice and revision to writer’s block and writing partners. The result is an exhaustive but not exhausting series of practical points of advice for kids interested in becoming that most glorious of occupations: writers.
A funny, down-to-earth, fun book on what is feels like to be an author, and gives great tips on writing. Even if you don't like writing, this book is still worth picking up. Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter have really outdone themselves!
If you've ever thought about writing a book but didn't know where to begin you should read this book. Full of helpful advice, great tips and interesting activities, this is a must read for any aspiring writer. Great for all ages.
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“If you can’t get any ideas at all, you can build on other people’s ideas . . . You can also take a favorite character and write a story about him or her. This is different from copying someone else’s words. We all can and should be inspired by other people’s work.”
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