just finished reading Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine.
she’s the author of Ella Enchanted.
and a bunch of other young adult fiction books that i’ve never read.
but i’ve seen them on the shelves a lot.
so i wanted to see what she had to say.
she teaches fiction classes for kids. those young writers are getting top notch encouragement from a lady who knows about writing. her book was written to be accessible to young writers, so it was a breeze to read. but she never skimped on the good advice.
everything from how to handle people who don’t believe in your writing to how to fix a broken beginning. from starting a story to finishing it. and revising it. and each chapter had a writing exercise with enough intriguing examples to get the imagination fired up.
if you’re looking for a quick shot in the arm to prime the ol’ writing pump (yes! i love mixing metaphors!), take a flip through this book. she keeps it real, and keeps it simple. a nice combination.
oh, yeah? *leans forward, intrigued* oh, yeah?!? it sounds interesting–and i’m not even an aspiring novelist…. “how to handle people who don’t believe in your writing” *wry smile* somebody ought to write a book just on that topic alone.