This complete series brings together four distinct books. Creative Writing for Kids 1 is full of story starters, mini-stories, plans, comic strips and picture starters. .Creative Writing for Kids 2 also has fun story starters, but includes longer length activities. Creative Writing for Kids 3: Winter Tales uses the themes of Winter, holidays, seasonal fun and exciting ideas to think and write creatively. Volume 4,Once upon a story, uses magical and fantastical ideas and imagery to encourage children to create fantasy lands and creatures.
Got a passion for poetry? Are you primed to rhyme? Word whiz Loris Lesynski shows you how it’s done in this unique collection that blends "best of” with "how to”. Inside you’ll find over 30 Lesynski favorites alongside advice for kids on creating poems. "I Did It Because ...” is a playground of poetry where readers are invited to play along.
Acclaimed writer Joan Holub and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet team up in this hilarious and exuberant retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, in which a brave little red pencil finds her way through the many perils of writing a story, faces a ravenous pencil sharpener (the Wolf 3000)... and saves the day.
Ready to build a picture book? First, you'll need the right tools. Open this title in the Writer's Toolbox series and discover plenty of tips and tools to get you started. Soon you'll be writing and showing stories like a pro!
This is the companion to Writing Magic. Do you want to captivate readers with a great opening, create fantastical creatures, write an epic love story, or make your characters leap off the page? This book shows you how to become a world-class author. If you're interested in writing prose and poetry or just want to be a better and more rounded writer, this book will help you on your creative journey.
Here is an introduction to writing stories and novels designed for young writers.Topics include: starting a story*describing the setting* writing dialogue*planning a story* describing characters * revising and editing* There are also 50 writing prompts to get your story started,
In Writing Magic, Newbery Honor author Levine shares her tricks of the trade. She shows how you can get terrific ideas for stories, invent great beginnings and endings, write sparkling dialogue, develop memorable characters;and much more. With humor, honesty, and wisdom, Gail Carson Levine shows you that you, too, can make magic with your writing.
Leave This Song Behind features the best poetry submitted by writers to Teen Ink over the last five years. Vivid sensory details made some poems shine; others catch your attention with simple, sparse language. Others were chosen because of their thoughtful use of form; compelling stories; strong figurative language; unexpected connections and wit; and fresh writing about familiar topics. Dig in and let these brave young voices capture your heart and mind with their passion, their pain, and their amazing poetry!
In Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write, Victoria Hanley, award-winning author of young adult fiction, spills the secrets for bringing action, adventure, humor, and drama to stories. All of the elements of fiction, from creating believable dialogue to exciting plots,are laid out clearly and illustrated with examples taken straight from story excerpts by excellent writers. The book is packed with writing exercises designed to encourage teens to tell the stories that are theirs.
What makes a writer? The desire to tell a story, a love of language, an eye for detail, practice, practice, practice. How well should you know your characters? Do you need to outline before you write? How important is length? Now Walter Dean Myers, the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, walks you through the writing process.
Today's teenagers have incredible, crazy, and brilliant things to say, and creative writing or blogging is an effective outlet for self-expression. Writers are inspired, validated and empowered by blogging because they'll feel their voices are being heard. This humorous and quirkily illustrated 24-chapter book teaches students how to write a compelling essay or blog post, one that other people will want to read. It is not a grammar book, but rather, an instructional guide to more colorful and visceral writing.
If you're a teen writer, Writing Fiction: A Hands-On Guide for Teens, has the concise answers you need to your writing questions. Whether you're at the beginning of your story or in the middle, whether the words are flowing or you're stuck for inspiration, you'll find writing prompts, encouragement, concrete solutions to writing problems, tips for plotting, writing dialogue, characterization and more.
Kami finds an old diary written by her great-grandmother. Reading the newspaper clippings inside, she's sent hurtling back in time to 1929, where she encounters extreme prejudice because of her Asian features. Kami is taken in as a domestic servant by Judge Emily Murphy, one of the "Famous Five," at the time of her battle to have women declared "persons"; a defining moment in the struggle for women's rights. Although Kami views Judge Murphy as a "heroine," she is startled to discover that Murphy holds racist views. On her return to the present, Kami must come to terms, not only with her own heritage, but how she views the ongoing struggle for the rights of all persons.
Sixteen-year-old James Whitman has been yawping (à la Whitman) at his abusive father ever since he kicked his beloved older sister, Jorie, out of the house. James's painful struggle with anxiety and depression--along with his ongoing quest to understand what led to his self-destructive sister’s exile—make for a heart-rending read, but his wild, exuberant Whitmanization of the world and keen sense of humor keep this emotionally-charged debut novel buoyant.
For Cath, being a fan is her life. She and her twin sister, Wren, loved the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it got them through their mother leaving. Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. Now that they're in college, Cath is on her own, Her fiction-writing professor thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, and there is a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words. Can Cath start living her own life? Writing her own stories? Open her heart to someone? Or will she just go on living inside somebody else's fiction?
Novel & Short Story Writer's Market 2016 is the only resource you need to get your short stories, novellas, and novels published, offering hundreds of listings for book publishers, literary agents, fiction publications, contests, and more. Each listing includes contact information, guidelines, and other essential tips. Learn how to unlock character motivations to drive your story forward. Imbue your fiction with a distinct, memorable voice. Revise and polish your novels and short stories for successful submission.
The essential guide to mastering Christian fiction! You learn to weave a compelling story with an underlying message that deeply affects both your characters and your readers. Author Jeff Gerke provides insightful instruction and encouragement. You'll learn how to: Write for a Christian audience . Find your story amidst a bevy of ideas. Avoid using hidden agendas, messages, and sermons in your writing. Convert telling into showing. Handle profane characters in Christian fiction. From understanding your calling as a Christian author to finding a literary agent and navigating the path to publication, The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction is the go-to manual for every step along the way.
A practical guide for beginner and advanced comic book writers that outlines the steps needed to successfully craft a story for sequential art. This book offers aspiring comic book writers the essential tools they need to write scripts for sequential art with confidence and success. The Art of Comic Book Writing strips away the mysteries of this popular art form and provides real-world advice and easy-to-follow examples for those looking to write for the comics medium.
A funny, frisky, often outrageous book about love, literature, and modern life. Nearly twenty-five years ago, Nicholson Baker published U and I, the and groundbreaking tale of his literary relationship with John Updike. U and I inspired a whole sub-genre of engaging writing about reading, but what no story of this type has ever done is tell its tale from the moment of conception, that moment when you realize that there is a writer out there in the world that you must read. B & Me is that story, the story of J.C. Hallman discovering and reading Nicholson Baker, and discovering himself in the process. . In reading Baker's work, Hallman discovers the key to overcoming the malaise that has been plaguing him, through the books themselves and what he finds and contemplates in his attempts to understand them and their enigmatic author. B & Me is literary self-archaeology: a funny, irreverent, incisive story of one reader's desperate quest to restore passion to literature, and all the things he learns along the way.
The world of words has undergone a revolution, and everyone from authors to publishers has been affected by the explosion of digital media. Today, a blog is one of the most powerful tools a writer has at his or her disposal. Whether you want to connect with a potentially huge new readership or showcase your work and get published, a well-written, well-presented blog is essential. Packed with tips, advice, and inspirational stories from successful writers who blog, Blogging for Writers is an accessible guide that teaches everything you need to know to create a blog that you'll enjoy writing--and one that readers will return to again and again. No technical knowledge is required: Blogging expert Robin Houghton will take you through the whole process step by step, and you'll soon discover how to blog with confidence, substance, and style.
If you write or illustrate for young readers, Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market 2016 is the trusted resource you need. Inside you'll find more than 500 listings for children's book markets (publishers, agents, magazines, and more)--including a point of contact, how to properly submit your work, and what categories each market accepts. You'll also find interviews with creators of today's successful children's, young adult, middle-grade, chapter, and picture books. Read success stories--13 debut authors, as well as 9 successful debut illustrators--share their paths to publication so you can learn from their success and see what they did right. There are informative articles on how to make young readers laugh, how to build a career as an illustrator, how to sell your picture book, the difference between young adult and middle-grade, and much more.,
How can I become more disciplined? How do I know if I'm talented? Should I self-publish? These are just a few of the perennial and contemporary questions addressed in this delightfully different guide. The authors -- from different generations and writing genres -- first help the reader assess where they are on their path. They then walk aspiring writers through five universal stages -- Dream, Draft, Develop, Refine, and Share. While these stages apply to writers of every stripe, the emphasis is always on the reader navigating his or her own challenges, process, and goals. Insight-producing prompts and the wisdom of diverse artists (from Steinbeck and Thoreau to Spike Lee, Marilyn French, and Tom Clancy) help make every writer''s journey of creation as rewarding as its destination.
A real-life detective story; this is the first book about the Detection Club, the world's most famous and mysterious social network of crime writers. Drawing on years of in-depth research, it reveals the astonishing story of how members such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers reinvented detective fiction. Detective stories from the so-called "Golden Age" between the wars are often dismissed as cosily conventional. Nothing could be further from the truth: some explore forensic pathology and shocking serial murders, others delve into police brutality and miscarriages of justice; occasionally the innocent are hanged, or murderers get away scot-free. Their authors faced up to the Slump and the rise of Hitler during years of economic misery and political upheaval, and wrote books agonising over guilt and innocence, good and evil, and explored whether killing a fellow human being was ever justified.The Club occupies a unique place in Britain's cultural history, and its influence on storytelling in fiction, film and television throughout the world continues to this day. The Golden Age of Murder rewrites the story of crime fiction with unique authority, transforming our understanding of detective stories and the brilliant but tormented men and women who wrote them.
How to Write a Damn Good Thriller will help the aspiring novelist or screenwriter to design, draft, write, and polish a thriller that is sure to grab readers. Frey uses examples from both books and movies and addresses the following hot topics: *Germinal ideas *Breathing life into great thriller characters *Crafting a gripping opening *Maintaining tension *Creating obstacles and conflicts *Writing a mean, lean thriller scene *Adding surprise twists *Building a smashing climax* and many more. In his trademark approachable and humorous style, Frey illuminates the building blocks of great thrillers and gives the reader the tools to write his or her own.
Featuring speculative fiction-writing exercises from Harlan Ellison, Piers Anthony, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, screenwriters of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek: The Next Generation, and many more. The fifth volume in the acclaimed Now Write! writing-guide series offers a full toolbox of advice and exercises for speculative fiction writers hoping to craft an engaging alternate reality, flesh out an enthralling fantasy quest, or dream up a bloodcurdling plot twist, including: -Harlan Ellison , on crafting the perfect story title -Jack Ketchum, on how economy of language helps create a truly frightening tale -Piers Anthony, on making fantastical characters feel genuine and relatable. This collection of storytelling secrets from top genre writers-including winners of Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Bram Stoker awards-is essential for any writer looking to take a leap beyond the ordinary.
In 1999, Stephen King began to write about his craft -- and his life. By midyear, a widely reported accident jeopardized the survival of both. In his months of recovery, the link between writing and living became even more crucial. Rarely has a book on writing been so clear, so useful, and so revealing. King discusses the basic tools of his trade -- how to sharpen and multiply them through use, and how the writer must always have them close at hand. He takes the reader through crucial aspects of the writer's art and life, offering practical and inspiring advice on everything from plot and character development to work habits and rejection. On Writing culminates with a profoundly moving account of how King's overwhelming need to write spurred him toward recovery, and brought him back to his life. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower -- and entertain -- everyone who reads it.
Who knows the ins and outs of romance better than a Harlequin editor? At some point, we've all wished romance could be more like fiction. Patience Bloom certainly did. She moved to New York and found her dream job, editing romances for Harlequin. Every day, her romantic fantasies came true—on paper. Bloom became an expert when it came to fictional love stories, editing amazing books and learning everything she could about the romance business. But her dating life remained uninspired. She nearly gave up on love. Then one day a real-life chance at romance made her wonder if what she’d been writing and editing all those years might be true. A Facebook message from a high school friend, Sam, sparked a relationship with more promise than she’d had in years. But Sam lived thousands of miles away—they hadn’t seen each other in more than twenty years. Was it worth the risk? Finally, Bloom learned: Love and romance can conquer all.
Elevate Your Writing From So-So To Spectacular! Great writing requires more than an original idea, compelling characters, or a scintillating plot. An author needs all of these to be successful, but writing--and writing well--also demands an entirely different skill set. Spellbinding Sentences arms you with the tools you need to master the power of the English language. In this book, you'll learn the different qualities of words and the many ways those words can be combined to create sentences that hook readers. You'll emulate sentences from your favorite writers, practice proven techniques, and develop your skills one step at a time. The result? Your ability to craft excellent sentences will become second nature--and those sentences will hold your readers spellbound, page after page.
A guide to the essentials of a writer's craft, presented by a brilliant practitioner of the art. Le Guin lays out ten chapters that address the most fundamental components of narrative, from the sound of language to sentence construction to point of view. Each chapter combines illustrative examples from the global canon with Le Guin's own witty commentary and an exercise that the writer can do solo or in a group. Masterly and concise, Steering the Craft deserves a place on every writer's shelf.
Written by a pre-eminent travel writer and bursting with invaluable advice, this inspiring and practical guide is a must for anyone who has ever yearned to turn their travels into saleable tales. Packed with insider hints and tips, practical writing exercises and examples of travel writing excellence, this guide helps bring the dream job of Travel Writer within scribbling distance of reality. Discover the secrets of crafting a great travel story. Learn how to conduct pre-trip and on-the-road research. Develop effective interviewing techniques. Learn how to get your name in print (and money in your bank account) Gain insight into the quirks of writing for newspapers, magazines, online and books. Includes extensive listings of writers' resources & industry organisations
Writers will understand why they're stuck and how to get unstuck through proven methods of breaking the logjam of self-judging and second-guessing that keeps good screenplays from being finished. Attain confidence by knowing your story is clear and solid. Seal out negative influences such as "industry experts" and fleeting trends. This is a way to write a script with integrity that makes a screenplay "storyworthy." This is how to write a screenplay that works.
Write to Celebrate, Heal, and Free the Wild Woman Within In her years as a writing coach, Judy Reeves has found twin urges in women: they yearn to reclaim a true nature that resides below the surface of daily life and to give it voice. The longing to express this wild, authentic nature is what informs Reeves’s most popular workshop and now this workshop is in a book. Here, you will explore the stages that make up your life, from wild child, daughter/sister/mother, and loves and lovers, to creative work, friendships, and how the wise woman encounters death. Both intuitive and practical,Wild Women, Wild Voices responds to women’s deep need for expression with specific and inspiring activities, exercises, and writing prompts. With true empathy, Reeves invites, instructs, and celebrates the authentic expression — even the howl — of the wild in every woman.
This definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction takes a novel approach and exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, and exercises to create a spectacularly beautiful and inspiring object. Employing an accessible, example-rich approach, Wonderbook energizes and motivates while also providing practical, nuts-and-bolts information needed to improve as a writer. Aimed at aspiring and intermediate-level writers, Wonderbook includes helpful sidebars and essays from some of the biggest names in fantasy today, such as George R. R. Martin, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, Catherynne M. Valente, and Karen Joy Fowler, to name a few.
Endless ideas at your fingertips, and at the turn of a page... Need an idea for a short story or novel? Look no further than The Writer's Idea Thesaurus. It's far more than a collection of simple writing prompts. You'll find a vast treasury of story ideas inside, organized by subject, theme, and situation categories, and listed alphabetically for easy reference. Author and award-winning writing instructor Fred White shows you how to build out and customize these ideas to create unique plots that reflect your personal storytelling sensibilities, making The Writer's Idea Thesaurus an invaluable tool for generating creative ideas and vanquishing writer's block--for good.
The definitive guide to crafting a series! From the Hunger Games Trilogy to the Jack Reacher series, from Harry Potter to Harry Dresden, there's no denying that writers--and readers--have caught series fever. But if you're contemplating writing a series, there are plenty of considerations you'll need to make first. Writing the Fiction Series is the complete guide to ensuring your series stays hot after the first, fourth, or even fifteenth book. Inside, you'll learn how to: Write a series that captures the hearts of readers and stands out in a sea of competition. Find the focus of your series, develop your idea, and plan ahead. Hone in on the two most important aspects of series writing: characters and consistency. Utilize a variety of series organization techniques, complete with downloadable worksheets and checklists. Market your series effectively and increase your sales. With insights from nearly 100 series authors and publishers, as well as "Grow Your Series Muscles" exercises, Writing the Fiction Series is the only book you'll need to write a series that sizzles.
Even if we don't write about nature, Tina Welling demonstrates, nature triggers our stories. This is because "everything we know about creating, we know intuitively from the natural world." One can set the stage for creation by following these three steps: consciously naming the information gathered by the senses, describing the sensory details of one particular object, and interacting with the energy system of the universe. Welling shows writers how to make a connection between the everyday and the hidden, worthy-of-attention beauty all around us. She makes the process of developing a fruitful relationship with wildness inside and out accessible to all writers and insight seekers.
With seven unpublished novels wasting away on his hard drive, Tony Vanderwarker is astonished when John Grisham offers to take him under his wing and teach him the secrets of thriller writing. "The beginning and the end are easy,” Grisham tells him. "It’s the three hundred pages in the middle that’s the hard part.” To ensure his plot doesn’t run out of gas, Grisham puts Tony though his outline process. Tony does one, and then Grisham asks for another ... and another ... and another. As they work together, Grisham reveals the techniques that have helped him create compelling bestsellers for more than two decades--for instance, "You’ve got to hook your reader in the first forty pages or you’ll lose them.” After a year of constructing outlines, Grisham finally gives Tony the go-ahead to start writing. Writing with the Master immerses the reader in the creative process as Tony struggles to produce a successful thriller. It’s a roller coaster ride, sometimes hilarious, and often full of ups and downs. Grisham’s critiques and margin notes to Tony reveal his nimble imagination and plot development genius. For Grisham fans, Vanderwarker’s memoir pulls back the curtain on his writing secrets, and for aspiring writers, it’s a master class in thriller writing. In the end, Tony resolves to take Grisham’s teachings to heart and eventually decides to write what he thinks he was meant to: a book about the creative process and his incredible two years working with John Grisham.
To many, the task of writing about one's life seems daunting and difficult. Where does one begin? What stories will inspire your children and grandchildren, and which will simply amuse them? Writing Your Life: A Guide to Writing Autobiographies breaks down the barriers of personal narrative with an easy-to-follow guide that includes thought-provoking questions, encouraging suggestions, memory-jogging activities, tips for writing, advice on publishing one';s stories in print and online, and examples of ordinary stories, Writing Your Life is sure to help today's generations preserve their memories and wisdom for many generations to come.
From rags-to-riches-to-rags tell-alls to personal health sagas to literary journalism, everyone seems to want to try their hand at creative nonfiction. Now, Lee Gutkind, the go-to expert for all things creative nonfiction, taps into one of the fastest-growing genres with this new writing guide. Frank and to-the-point, with depth and clarity, Gutkind describes and illustrates each and every aspect of the genre, from defining a concept and establishing a writing process to the final product. Offering new ways of understanding genre and invaluable tools for writers to learn and experiment with, You Can't Make This Stuff Up allows writers of all skill levels to thoroughly expand and stylize their work.
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