Bestselling author of Ella Enchanted and fairy-tale master Gail Carson Levine shares her secrets of great writing in this companion to the popular Writing Magic.
Have you ever wanted to captivate readers with a great opening, create spectacular and fantastical creatures, make up an entire country, realize a dastardly villain, write an epic love story, or make your characters leap off the page? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Gail Carson Levine can help you achieve your goals.
Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine offers a behind-the-scenes take on writing and teaches you how to become a world-class author. Drawing from her popular blog, Gail answers readers' fiction- and poetry-writing questions and dives into how to make a story come alive. 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.
With her trademark humor and vast writing knowledge, Gail Carson Levine reveals the tricks of her trade, writer to writer.
Supports the Common Core State Standards
"Have fun, and save what you write!" Those words close out nearly every chapter of this valuable writing guide, a companion to Levine's Writing Magic (2006), and they form the heart of the author's advice. Levine describes this book as the "greatest hits" of her blog, where she has discussed the craft of writing since 2009 (and where the exclamatory advice above closes out her posts). Chapters explore finding inspiration (and time to write), character- and plot-building, and writing poetry, among other topics. (Walking readers through the publication process, Levine notes, "We writers rely on the eagle eyes of copy editors! However, I still try to get the nitty-gritty right myself, and so should you.") Questions from visitors to Levine's blog are used as springboards, and Levine is generous in sharing her struggles, tactics, and experience. Ages 8 up.