make revisions, and overcome writer’s block. Fun writing prompts will help young writers jump-start their own projects, and encouragement throughout will keep them at work.
a young writer's handbook
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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!
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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.”
“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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