Monday, February 28, 2011
Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly
by Gail Carsen Levine
In Writing Magic, Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine shares her secrets of great writing. She shows how you, too, can get terrific ideas for stories, invent great beginnings and endings, write sparkling dialogue, develop memorable characters—and much, much more. She advises you about what to do when you feel stuck—and how to use helpful criticism. Best of all, she offers writing exercises that will set your imagination on fire.
With humor, honesty, and wisdom, Gail Carson Levine shows you that you, too, can make magic with your writing. (description from Amazon.com)
Okay, I know this book is geared towards middle grade readers, but you know what I found it really accessible and helpful! I am really trying to polish my writing so that maybe someday I can get a book published and though there are LOTS of books out there about the writing craft to choose from, I sometimes find them a little...well, overwhelming.
This book is not only easy to read, it gives really valid points, great examples, and GC Levine gives writing exercises at the end of chapter. These were fun and really helped get the point of each chapter across. I really recommend picking this book up, at least to skim through for ideas, if you want to try to improve your writing!