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Writing mysteries, movies, monsters stories, and more
Bentley, Nancy.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
80 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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PN147 .B475 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
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Aspiring writers learn about many different writing genres -- including mystery, science fiction/fantasy, screenwriting, and humor -- with a discussion of fiction writing in general and short stories in particular. Tips for getting published and specific writing examples add to this invaluable, step-by-step tool!

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. It's too bad the cover of this features a picture of kids who look 9 or 10 years old, because the solid information inside becomes quite sophisticated, with appeal for junior-high, even high-school students. After asking in the introduction, "Are you a writer?" the authors delve into big subjects such as characters, plot, point of view, etc., as well as the necessary elements in writing fiction, short stories, mysteries, sf, fantasy, and humor. A chapter on writing for the screen shows that the authors put no limits on what they think their audience can do. Along with solid advice in every chapter, there is information on each genre and how to write it, and writing exercises. The clean format dotted with ink drawings looks young, but it's still inviting. For writers ready to make their move, there's information on traditional publishing as well as Website addresses for 12 online markets. A bibliography is appended. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-This title on genre writing begins with a discussion of fiction writing in general. Types of characters, point of view, dialogue, plot, scene, and theme are all briefly covered. This information is followed by chapters on writing short stories, mysteries, science fiction and fantasy, humor, and movie scripts. Finally, there are instructions for publishing on and off-line. The authors offer a good model for beginning writers, but they imply that it is the only model. Unfortunately, their instructions may be too general and vague for some youngsters and it's unlikely this audience knows the work of William Gibson or John Stith mentioned as examples in the text. (They are also unlikely to write "cozy" mysteries.) In addition, the writing is a bit dry and transitions are sometimes missing; paragraphs jump to different, albeit related, subjects without warning. Each chapter ends with suggested writing exercises and, often, tips on "How to Begin." Black-and-white somewhat juvenile cartoons and an occasional diagram illustrate the text. Despite its flaws, this volume will fill a gap in large collections needing material on writing genre fiction and movie scripts. Smaller libraries would probably do well to get a few copies of Ralph Fletcher's writers' guides.-Timothy Capehart, Leominster Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.