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Writer to writer : from think to ink
Levine, Gail Carson., author.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Physical Description:
295 pages ; 22 cm
"In this lively nonfiction book for young readers, bestselling author Gail Carson Levine shares her secrets of great writing"--
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
008 up.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.5 9.0 171103.

Format :


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Home Location
Central Library PN159 .L48 2015 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Biography
Audubon Library PN159 .L48 2015 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Hamburg Library PN159 .L48 2015 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Lancaster Library PN159 .L48 2015 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library PN159 .L48 2015 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
City of Tonawanda Library PN159 .L48 2015 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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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

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Popular author Levine offers copious writing advice in this companion to her earlier work on the subject, Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly (2006), using questions from her eponymous blog as a framework. Here, she offers general guidance, such as establishing good writing habits and finding a reader you trust, as well as specific direction for everything from building character to choosing and managing tense, drawing on examples of excellence from everyone from M. T. Anderson to Langston Hughes. Individual chapters on different elements of story offer practical suggestions the chapter on building tension features no fewer than 10 useful tools and conclude with a variety of writing prompts and a refrain to have fun, and save what you write! As the title suggests, Levine writes for a practiced audience; exercises often involve the revision of existing work, rewriting a story in verse, or in another tense, and a beginner might feel overwhelmed. Still, avid writers will find meaningful guidance, support, and inspiration in Levine's polished, enthusiastic instruction.--Barthelmess, Thom Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

"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. Agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Starred Review. Gr 5-8-In this follow-up book to Writing Magic Creating Stories That Fly (HarperCollins, 2006), fantasy author Levine doles out realistic and helpful guidance to aspiring authors. This title is an extension of her blog, and Levine provides her audience with the common nuts and bolts of the profession, offering this advice: writers write, they keep writing, and they save everything they write to use again. Levine's tone is conversational and upbeat and her suggestions easy to follow, tinged with an underlying sense of encouragement that will bolster readers. She discusses common difficulties, warning young people not to get hung up on minutiae and letting them know that confronting challenges is a surmountable part of the craft. The chapters are based on questions that have been posted to her blog and address how to develop characters and backstory, come up with plot twists and flashbacks, and create mystery and tension. Each chapter ends with appealing and doable exercises. Levine urges her audience to cast away self-criticism and to write and rewrite, underscoring that this is an enjoyable, important process. An engaging and valuable addition.-Patricia Feriano, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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