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Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook

Learn how to write like the experts, from the experts! In Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook, you'll find practical advice in a perfect package for young aspiring writers. Accomplished authors Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter mix inspirational anecdotes with practical guidance on how to find a voice, develop characters and plot, make revisions, and overcome writer's block.

Mazer and Potter urge young writers to understand the rules of good writing — and provide them in chapters covering everything from building suspense to writing good dialogue to crafting the perfect title — but also encourage them to thoughtfully break the rules to get creative juices flowing. Throughout, sidebars titled "I Dare You" challenge would-be writers to experiment with their new skills. If you've ever dreamed of being a "real" writer, this book is here to remind you that if you put a story on paper, that's what you are!

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"Always agreeable, practical, and commonsensical in their approach, the two are also refreshingly permissive ('it’s fine to break rules'), though they add the caveat that rule breakage should come from a knowledge of said rules and a good reason for breaking them. Their text is enlivened with sidebar features, personal anecdotes, and suggestions to readers for exercising their new skills (happily these aren’t called 'Exercises' but, instead, 'I Dare You'). Such devices, along with the authors’ unfailing good humor, will go a long way to convincing their audience that writing can actually be fun!" — Michael Cart, Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 9 - 14
Author Ellen Potter, Anne Mazer
Illustrator Matt Phelan
ISBN 159643628X
Publication Date Mar 30, 2010
Publisher Square Fish
Language English