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"This playful guide for aspiring writers aims to demystify the creative process as it explores first drafts and finding inspiration, the meat and potatoes of writing, and writer's block and criticism. Mazer (the Sister Magic series) and Potter (the Olivia Kidney books) challenge readers to dig deep into their characters, make a 'mental compost pile' to find inspiration, and face revision head on, while modeling their own approaches. 'I get ideas while waiting in lines, staring at the clouds, or lying sick in bed,' says Mazer; demonstrating how to build suspense, Potter shares the true story ('with a few embellishments') of a robber hanging from her neighbor's terrace. Phelan's ink illustrations and a lighthearted humor enliven the text, and honest advice, such as 'Your character's heart's desire is what propels your story forward,' are cogent and invaluable. Ages 9 — 14." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

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 writers block. Fun writing prompts will help young writers jump-start their own projects, and encouragement throughout will keep them at work.

About the Author

Anne Mazer is the author of The Salamander Room, The Sister Magic series, and the bestselling Abby Hayes series. She lives in Ithaca, New York.
 
Ellen Potter is the author of acclaimed books for children including Slob, Pish Posh, and Olivia Kidney. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, son and a motley assortment of badly behaved animals.
 
Matt Phelan has illustrated many books for children, including the 2007 Newbery Medal winner The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Morgan Turner, January 14, 2011 (view all comments by Morgan Turner)
I love this book! Its helped me so much, and I've only read about 39 pages so far. It's made me think differently and I've done some of the 'dares' while in the back seat of my parents car. I absolutely love it and it would help any author or creative writer. I think they should offer this book in creative writing classes, in High School and in College. It sure would make things a lot easier.
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paulwhankins, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by paulwhankins)
This is one that I got to review early on. First of all, we all love Anne Mazer and the legacy of writing she carries within her as the daughter of Norma Fox Mazer. And we love Ellen Potter (Slob) who is nominated for a Cybils Award this year for The Kneebone Boy. The two of these authors together would make for one fantastic MG/YA treat, but Spilling Ink is a writing guide MG readers (especially teachers and students have been waiting for). In an early review for this title, I called Spilling Ink a writing guide for young people that would provide for the younger writer what Ann Lamott's Bird by Bird and Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones did for we older writers--provide insight, guidance, and invitations to write.

Anne and Ellen take turns talking about a particular aspect of writing. Both talk about successes and challenges they have experienced with this aspect of writing. They cap off each section with an "I Dare You too. . ." inviting the writer to try something that has been introduced within the section. In this way, Spilling Ink becomes a portable writing workshop most inviting to the young writer with illustrations and formats that reject monikers like "writing text."

I cannot say enough about Spilling Ink. The teachers to whom I have introduced this book have loved it as well. It should be in the classroom on student desks as a reference to the writing craft.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596436282
Author:
Mazer, Anne
Publisher:
Flash Point
Illustrator:
Phelan, Matt
Author:
Potter, Ellen
Author:
Phelan, Matt
Subject:
Language Arts - Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Fiction -- Authorship.
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 4 to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.24 x 5.5 x 0.81 in
Age Level:
09-14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This playful guide for aspiring writers aims to demystify the creative process as it explores first drafts and finding inspiration, the meat and potatoes of writing, and writer's block and criticism. Mazer (the Sister Magic series) and Potter (the Olivia Kidney books) challenge readers to dig deep into their characters, make a 'mental compost pile' to find inspiration, and face revision head on, while modeling their own approaches. 'I get ideas while waiting in lines, staring at the clouds, or lying sick in bed,' says Mazer; demonstrating how to build suspense, Potter shares the true story ('with a few embellishments') of a robber hanging from her neighbor's terrace. Phelan's ink illustrations and a lighthearted humor enliven the text, and honest advice, such as 'Your character's heart's desire is what propels your story forward,' are cogent and invaluable. Ages 9 — 14." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
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 writers block. Fun writing prompts will help young writers jump-start their own projects, and encouragement throughout will keep them at work.

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