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Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbookby Anne Mazer
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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.)
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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