Spilling Ink

Spilling Ink

A Young Writer's Handbook

Book - 2010
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Combines inspirational anecdotes and writing prompts with practical writing guidance on how to find one's voice, develop characters and plot, make revisions, and overcome writer's block.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2010
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596435148
9781596436282
Branch Call Number: 808.02 Ma
Description: xi, 275 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Potter, Ellen 1963-
Phelan, Matt

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WendyLC
May 15, 2016

As a former creative writing teacher, I can't recommend this enough. Perfect for 12-14 year old girls, but boys and teens up to 16-17 should get a lot out of it, too.

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SkyLover13
May 11, 2015

I had been looking for a book like this for a long time, and then... BOOM!! there it was in front of my face!! I'd recommend this to anybody; its very useful.

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passway
Jul 09, 2013

This was a great and praiseworthy handbook for writing! Even if you don't like writing, this book would still be a good read. The least you can get from it is some helpful advice you can apply to writing in school to boost marks. I loved the writing prompts.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 25, 2013

No matter how they come to it or read it, Spilling Ink is pretty much one the best young writer’s handbooks of its kind I’ve ever seen. Inspiration can come from a lot of places. Now a lot of inspiration can come from a single place.

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Writergirl17
Feb 09, 2013

Oh my, this books was soooo good that I begged my parents to get it for me for my birthday! It's really helpful for writers young and old...yeah, it's that amazing. :) Don't miss out on this book!!

reubenbar Mar 27, 2012

This is an amazing book. It has really helped me write my book in progress. I LOVE it.

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Andreinac13
Dec 09, 2011

This book is awesome, especially for those with aspirations of becoming a writer. I'm gonna buy a copy for myself.

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Season1222
Jul 07, 2011

This book was fun to read as well as helpful. Just what I needed! I ran to the bookstore and got the last copy of it in stock, and re-read almost everything, it's one of those books that are not boring to re-read

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solennial
Jun 30, 2011

Oh my goodness! This book is so wonderful! I think I'm going to have to pick up a copy for myself. I am an aspiring teen writer, and I found many helpful tips and tricks in here! I would definitely recommend this book for any young writer-- it's really fun, and their "I dare you" pieces are all really good. Definitely useful!

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SilverSparrow
Jun 27, 2011

This book covers so many writing subjects and is funny and feels so... easy and free (not tight and full of rules). I think this book is great for every kid or teen, but experienced writers (no matter what the age- teen or kid) will not learn a lot of new things. Having said this, I think it's a great book!

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SkyLover13
May 11, 2015

SkyLover13 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 88

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 25, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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phuong_nguyen00
May 10, 2011

phuong_nguyen00 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 25, 2013

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.

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phuong_nguyen00
May 10, 2011

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!

KidsLit Jul 29, 2010

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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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 25, 2013

“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.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 25, 2013

“If your story is dark and grim and your title is funny, your readers are going to expect a few chuckles. People hate to not chuckle when they are all set to chuckle. It’s like holding up your hand for a high five and not getting one.”

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