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Be a Writer: Your Guide to the Writing Life Paperback – June 21, 2006
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Particularly useful are the sections at the beginning of each Chapter entitled 10 Things You Need to Know Even if You Don't Read This Chapter. The young writers in our house have devoured this guide and received valuable inspiration and coaching.
Being professional writers, neither of the authors seems like they are teaching or lecturing but more like they are sharing valuable techniques for following your inspiration in a way that makes it easier to read, and isn't that the goal to writing? To be read? There are so many places to go wrong when writing and this pair seems to anticipate what traps a young, or novice, writer might fall into and then tries to help them from falling into them. This is shown in some of the the "Q and A's" throughout the book as they interview writers but the "Q and A" with an eighth grade write towards the end was the most poignant in making their point that writing can be a chosen path.
I would heartily recommend this book to anyone young or old or in between who is looking to improve their writing or who feels inspired to committ words to paper, or computer for that matter. We are all writers and Miss Carmichael Lester and Mr. Peha want to help us be the best writers we can be.
Activity suggestions are sprinkled throughout the chapters, but this is not a textbook in the typical sense... think of it more as a paperbacked motivational writing seminar. This book is a great choice for students who are reluctant writers by nature. It could also be good therapy for students who have lost their excitement for writing after years of prescriptive school assignments (such as book reports and 5 paragraph essays). If your student is already a prolific writer, take a look at the next book in the series -- "Be a Better Writer" by Steve Peha.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Finally a decent book for young writers starting out. This book covers some of the more advanced techniques. Also don't forget to check out the second book in this collection. Read morePublished on December 4, 2006 by Ernest L. Kucera
This book is an excellent resource for writers at all levels. It reads a bit like a "Writing for Dummies" but even better. Fun and engaging. Read morePublished on November 29, 2006 by Peter March