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Practical advice delivered in a fun style. I think I might order a set for my classroom and use it as a guide in writing workshop.
Jun 03, Betsy rated it really liked it I was child writer. Which is to say, I was one of those kids who wrote endless stories between the ages of nine and fourteen or so. Of these stories, I finished only one. I dabbled a bit in high school, but for the most part my creative side floundered for many years before getting a bit of a revivification in adulthood.
Now these two authors have joined forces to provide their young readers and incipient writers with a bit of guidance. 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. Mazer and Potter work as well as they do together partly because their written voices meld well and partly because they consistently make good points.
For example, right from the start they make it clear that in your book the main character is going to have to want something. Some adult writers could benefit from the advice in this story, I think. Another good point is made about making sure your title matches your text.
People hate to not chuckle when they are all set to chuckle. For one thing, I was surprised to see that Potter and Mazer include an entire section to the art of writing picture books. It would never occur to me that a child writer would want to write a picture book, but why not? I bet some of them would enjoy it. Around the time Anne brought up what it was like to write a series, though, I was intrigued. It seems as if the authors here are making a point of not talking down to their child readers.
There were three things in this book that really set it apart from the usual writing advice stock out there. After all, advice is not inherently fun. You need to spice up your text a bit, even if everything you say is good, sane, and healthy. I will explain.
Often when going over the finer points of constructing a strong story, Mazer and Potter would write little fictional sections to include as examples.
My favorite of these, bar none, were the sections discussing the made up tale of "Boris the Bullet Boy". Potter uses this story to explain where a person might want to begin a story. She does an excellent job of it, to the point where the reader really does want to know more about Boris and his puny little head. Of course, once this book starts getting handed out in Creative Writing classes, then those suggestions will actually become assignments. Ah well. As for the third part, Matt Phelan was the artist asked to create small interstitial illustrations to complement the text.
He does a good job of it too. There are really only so many ways to show kids writing or thinking about writing, or excited about writing. He seems to have meticulously covered each and every one.
He even illustrates some of the side stories like the aforementioned Boris. Now, there is one way in which kids today write that I wish the authors had touched upon just a little bit more. You can also take a favorite character and write a story about him or her.
Now the way in which most kids do this, and then show off their work, are through various Fanfiction websites. Should Mazer and Potter have mentioned this fact?
Maybe warned kids away from sites where the Fanfiction is a tad, uh, adult for their tastes? I think again about when I was a child writer and I wonder, "Would I have wanted this book back then? Would I have read it? And if I had read it, how would I have read it? Maybe I would have gone from the back of the book and read forwards. There will be a certain breed of child reader who will feel that it is necessary to start at the beginning of the book and to read it from cover to cover.
But knowing children and heck, knowing writers a lot of them will use the book for skimming and browsing. Inspiration can come from a lot of places. Now a lot of inspiration can come from a single place. A necessary purchase. For ages
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