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Spilling Ink

A Young Writer's Handbook
Mazer, Anne (Paperback - 2010)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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LEARN HOW TO WRITE LIKE THE EXPERTS, FROM THE EXPERTS.
Practical advice in a perfect package for young aspiring writers.
After receiving letters from fans asking for writing advice,accomplished authors Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter joined together to create this guidebook for young writers. The authors mix inspirational anecdotes with practical guidance on how to find a voice, develop characters and plot,
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.


Authors: Mazer, Anne
Statement of Responsibility: by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter ; illustrated by Matt Phelan
Title: Spilling ink
a young writer's handbook
Publisher: New York : RB Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xi, 275 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Authorship Fiction Authorship
Topical Term: Authorship
Fiction
Additional Contributors: Phelan, Matt
Potter, Ellen 1963-
ISBN: 159643628X
9781596436282
9781596435148
1596435143
Branch Call Number: 808.3 M
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Jul 09, 2013
  • passway rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

May 25, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

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!!

Dec 17, 2012
  • Andreinac13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Mar 27, 2012
  • reubenbar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 14, 2011
  • Season1222 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 30, 2011
  • Blue_Hippo_24 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Jun 27, 2011
  • SilverSparrow rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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!

May 17, 2011
  • booklover2000 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absoloutely love this book. I reccomend to anyone who's looking for a good book to spend the weekend, to-be authors, pretty much anybody should read this book.

Jul 29, 2010
  • KidsLit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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May 25, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

May 10, 2011
  • booklover2000 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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May 25, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

May 10, 2011
  • booklover2000 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Jul 29, 2010
  • KidsLit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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May 25, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“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.”

May 25, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“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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