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What's Your Story?: A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction by [Bauer, Marion Dane]
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Length: 146 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 99 Grade Level: 7 - 9

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From Publishers Weekly

Bauer offers a pragmatic, organized approach to story writing in this 118-page manual geared for older children and young adults. Concrete, step-by-step tips are effectively illustrated with examples taken from the author's own works-- Face to Face , A Dream of Queens and Castles , Rain of Fire . Eight of the 14 chapters deal with preparatory rituals--finding a special time and place to write, inventing a conflict, understanding what makes a main character tick, figuring out a plot, choosing a point of view--and later chapters address more technical issues of pacing, rhythm and balance. Although the importance of discipline is stressed (learning to write a story is often compared to learning to play a sport or a musical instrument), the exercises and thought processes introduced as groundwork come across as stimulating rather than tedious and may serve to hone analytical skills as well as inspire even the most reluctant writers to try their hand. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-9-- Newbery Honor medalist Bauer provides mentoring and practical and technical advice in this handy how-to book. By systematically exploring the components of fiction--plot, character, point of view, dialogue, beginnings and endings, and story tension, she shows how a story works and how to create one. Each chapter builds upon the previous one, reiterating essential points and putting them in understandable context. The clear and logical tone and evident respect for her audience speak to Bauer's sensitivity and empathy with those grappling with the creative process. As a result, this honest guide will be as useful to teachers as to young writers. For an audience midway between Carol Lea Benjamin's Writing for Kids (Crowell, 1985) and Stephen Policoff and Jeffrey Skinner's excellent Real Toads in Imaginary Gardens (Chicago Review Pr., 1991), this is a splendid choice for school, public, and home libraries. --Susan H. Patron, Los Angeles Public Library
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 238 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0395577802
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (April 20, 1992)
  • Publication Date: April 20, 1992
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003KK5DVI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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