Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Writer

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9781558702158: Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Writer

Advice on improvement exercises, experimenting with techniques, character sketches, setting up a schedule, identifying strengths, getting published, money, helpful organizations, and more.

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Grade 5-8?Certainly nothing as poorly written as this book should ever come near an impressionable young person who might assume that getting published validates the author as an expert on writing. One of the cardinal rules of good writing, honed to cliche (a forte of this author) in generations of workshops, is "Don't tell it. Show It." What is shown here is that it is possible to string together page after page of unedited, ungrammatical, poorly structured meandering on some vague ideas about writing, throw in some uninteresting examples of student work, frame it in a brisk-looking layout with a few mediocre graphics, and somebody will publish it for you. What is told here is that aspiring writers should keep a notebook and use it to follow the author's ill-conceived exercises. The author kind of comes to life in the disproportionate space alloted to tips on getting a contract and budgeting the profits from your book, or, until the big bucks start rolling in, entering contests. These end products, not the painstaking task of learning the skills, seem to be what Becoming a Writer refers to here. Marion Dane Bauer's What's Your Story (Clarion, 1992) contains solid advice and examples that could be a genuine spur to a struggling novice.?Sally Margolis, formerly at Deerfield Public Library, IL
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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