Provides advice for those who want to become writers, discussing such topics as telling a good story, creating heroes and villains, and playing with words.
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Grade 4-7. Although the focus here is on writing for publication, Seuling covers much of the same ground traveled by the predecessors she cites for further reading. It is this excellent list and other appendixes that give the book its value; they include suggestions of publishers who accept the work of young writers, Internet sites, camps and activities, and contests and prizes. The first few chapters, however, do not offer much that is new or exciting. Finding good ideas, developing believable characters, plotting an intriguing story line?all have been discussed in a plethora of books for students and teachers of writing. There is also some confusion as to the audience for this book. Although most of the literary examples cited might be recognizable to intermediate grade readers, many students will not be familiar with Melville's Ahab or Bronte's Heathcliff. Books of this genre may be useful for teaching writing at the elementary and middle school levels, but there are not many young people who will pick them up on their own. If your collection already has Marion Dane Bauer's What's Your Story? (Clarion, 1992), Sandy Asher's Where Do You Get Your Ideas? (1987) and Wild Words (1989, both Walker), or Sylvia Cassedy's In Your Own Words (Crowell, 1990; o.p.), this one is not a primary acquisition.?Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY
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Gr. 4-8. Seuling, a children's book writer and a former editor, offers plenty of good ideas for aspiring writers. The main body of the book covers the how and what of writing: how writers get their ideas and what they do about them. In particular, Seuling tells readers how to outline a book, define the characters, and make it more interesting. The process of rewriting, which professional authors know all too well, is also described. Unlike some other books on the topic, this one is also geared to children who wish to see their work in print. Seuling offers a list of publishers (including those that put out E-zines) that accept the work of young writers. There is also information about contests and prizes, and even writers' camps. The clean format featuring gray-wash cartoons will attract browsers, but aspiring writers will find the topic inducement enough. A fine, information-packed piece. Ilene Cooper
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Book Description 21st Century, 1997. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0805046925
Book Description 21st Century, 1997. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110805046925