- Series: Writing Advice for Teens (Book 1)
- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Mike Kalmbach (April 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984654534
- ISBN-13: 978-0984654536
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writing Advice for Teens: Creating Stories Paperback – April 15, 2012
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"This writing guide provides practical information and exercises to make the intimidating world of writing more accessible to aspiring young authors. ... It includes valuable information about online tools and websites that help facilitate the writing process, as well as useful word-count guidelines and character sheets. ... Each chapter includes helpful idea-generating exercises, tips, writing samples and personal anecdotes." -- Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Mike Kalmbach grew up in a forest near Lake Michigan. Spending his summers chasing wizards and fighting battles with evil ogres, Mike has always had a creative mind. He'll often share stories from his past, and some of them are even true.
After time dragged him from childhood, Mike moved into freelance editing, helping other authors improve dozens of stories. During the daylight hours, he writes software to help with genetics research. He leads the Rochester MN Writing group and often speaks on topics from writing and editing to engineering and robotics.
Luckily, Mike now has two sons, so he has plenty of excuses to set down the pen and play. He lives in Minnesota where he, his family, and a band of pirates can still be found battling ogres, dust bunnies, and even the occasional dragon.
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I really wasn't planning on writing a review of this., but after reading it, I feel like I have to tell people about this. I normally don't read how-to books, but this was free, and I have been writing short stories since I was a little kid, so I though, what the heck? I'll try it.
I was surprised how full of useful information this book was. I have never used my highlighting feature on my kindle too much, but I was highlighting things left and right on this. Almost every other sentence was yellow after I had finished this! From writer's block, to not overwriting, to useful tools when writing, this book has it all. If you are struggling with writing, you won't be by the time you finish this book. It helped me out a LOT. I was able to correct some of my problems, and get really helpful tips as well, like filling out character charts--there was even a sample that came in the book!
So, I would recommend getting this book. It has great info, and it's cheap. What more can you ask for?
Why should you read it?
WAFT does something very well: It knows its audience. The conversational tone makes it easy to read, and easy to digest. This is presented as a textbook of sorts, which I always assume to be dry, but that isn't the case here. It doesn't read like a text book, it is smooth like suede.
What will you get out of it?
A LOT. If you are expecting just lists of what to do and what not to do you will be pleasantly surprised. Granted, all of that good information is here, but where WAFT really shines is with the activities. The book is chock-full of them - you should really plan to read with blank notebook and a pencil ready (though it is not required).
Why is this good specifically for teens?
Why not just... 'Writing Advice for People'? That is a good question, and the answer is that this advice would be beneficial to any beginner no matter the age. The author knows his audience. This book is practical. This book is accessible. You are not going to sit there and say 'well I just read the chapter and I understand the words but what the heck does it all mean?'. No. You are going to understand what was presented in this book.
Alright Jerk - if you like the book so much, then why is it only 4 stars?
I get asked this question all the time by myself in my reviews. The truth is that it is just the nature of the beast. I like to reserve 5 stars for books that can't be beat. This book is great, don't get me wrong, but the subject matter is huge and I just get the feeling of it being incomplete, or just scratching the surface. Maybe that is the goal for the book, or maybe once the others in the series come out I'll have a different opinion. But for now I would rank this book a very good 4. It accomplishes what it sets out to do.
The all important questions: Do you recommend it?
I know you have to ask... but were you reading the review? c'mon! Of course I recommend the book. Can you guess to whom I would? You've got it. Teens and beginning writers of all ages. Duh!
Always encouraging and never dogmatic, Kalmbach provides numerous step-by-step suggestions about how to get started and then follow through. This book is a gem. I look forward to the next book in his series.
I think this would make an excellent gift or resource book for the budding writer. Kalmbach's advice is sound, simple, and attainable for the first time or beginning writer. I love that he didn't just say what you should do but also gave you concrete examples of what both works and what doesn't - my biggest pet peeve when it comes to instructional books is when they tell you what to do but don't show you how it can be properly done. Luckily, this book doesn't do that. The book never felt fussy just informative and to the point. I think a lot more writing books could benefit from this style. I can't wait for the other books in the series!