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Writing for Children and Teenagers 3 Sub Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 3 Sub edition (April 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898793475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898793475
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have read many books on this topic and none of them held my attention and spoke a language that I could understand like this one. The issues addressed are all current depsite the age of the original publication of this book. I tried to highlight the relevant portions of the text and found my entire book highlighted. Every word is valuable. I feel my writing has improved tremendously since reading this book and applying it's notions to my writing! A retired editor and writer friend of mine recently revealed her use of this book in helping her prepare her ideas and develop them into succssful stories. I could not recommend a book more if you want to write for children.
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I have taken three fiction writing classes from a major writing school. I have scanned a large number of writing books. I write middle grade/young adult novels.
I just have to write this here. This is the best book I've seen in its subject. It has been so helpful to me especially the "how to organize a book" and "plotting" sections. I would reccomend this book to anyone who is starting to write books for children and teenagers.
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You've just finished reading a picture story book to your child. You and your child were taken away into an imaginary world where the characters came alive. There was no doubt, while you were visiting that world, that the characters were real. As you close the cover of the book, you realize that the birth of the characters existed only in the mind of the author. The feeling of the power of creating such a world is overwhelming to you. Ideas begin to form and soon you are creating your own characters. You give them adventures, sorrows, excitement, problems, and successes. You literally transplant part of you, into them, in order to give them life.
Well, the above is how I feel when I write children's books. But I found that no matter how great the desire, or even how great the education, you still need to follow some guidelines, and more importantly, you must know children.
Ruels, guidelines, techniques, proceedures and a wealth of knowledge about children's writing, awaits you in Lee Wyndam's "Writing for Children and Teenagers." If you are serious in writing for children, this book will make the process as easy and painless as possible. I wish it was as easy as sitting down and writing a story, slipping it into the mail, then having a nice healthy check with an acceptance letter from a prominant publishing house. It doesn't, usually, work that way, but if it's going to happen, this book certainly can be a key to your success.
M.D. Cummings
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If you're a beginning writer in need of advice, this is a great book whether you're writing for children, teenagers or adults. While in the process of writing a short story or novel, Wyndham guides you every step of the way. In every chapter she gives advice on how to keep your work organized, something creative minds usually have trouble with. Her section on getting published is extremely valuable and informative.
I think every college creative writing program should have this book as a curriculum requirement. It not only teaches, it encourages. Young writers need that more than they need a list of things they can't write about so as not to offend the teacher/administration, etc. If anyone is interested in writing ANY kind of fiction, I suggest you purchase this book and read it thoroughly.
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This is definitely a book that has helped me struggle through my teen years when I was learning how to write, and it still does help me as a college student in my creative writing courses. It is a book all aspiring young writers (and old, too) should read. It's both inspiring and helpful, offering advice on character creation to plot-building. There's even a cool chapter on writing mysteries, for all of you Arthur Conan Doyle hopefuls. So check it out. I can't say enough how much it's helped me.
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If you dream of writing children's books, add this book to your collection of how-to books--but don't just buy it. Read every page and apply the wise instruction to your writing. Lee Wyndham gives writers the step-by-step tools to get into this market.

For many years, this book was the keystone textbook for the introductory course for the Institute of Children's Literature, the oldest home correspondence course in the U.S. for children's writers. The teaching is classic--yet relevant to today's writer.
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I would say a must for a wanna be writer. It is geared toward writers who aspire to write children's books but the knowledge can be applied to any writing.

Some things of note: Talks about research-- A Tale of Two Cities (Dover Thrift Editions) was written 50 years after the actual events. You wouldn't know it, thats due to reading many other books before he began.

Let the manuscript cool. After you have finished your brainchild set it aside for a month and work on your next project, then go back for review. Very sound advice, you will have a clearer eye. When editing and/or sometimes writing watch the amount of consecutive time, two hours perhaps, to not get bogged down, stay fresh.

Just because a character is a member of a race generally known to be a terrorist, does not mean the character is a terrorist. Hmmm.

Has a section about vanity publishing, about agents, keeping idea files in accessable order/condition. Keep your eyes open, you are always writing in your head. Write what you know--and learn about something to write about it.

Discusses motive and the character, why they want what they want and how are they gonna get it. Profound, a good study of the human condition.

Reference books at the end and an index. Quality. Selected portions of other writing for comparison and help.

Probably some of the submission procedure is hopelessly out of date as it was written pre-internet.
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