- 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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Writing for Children and Teenagers 3 Sub Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It helped me immensely in getting my writing more effective. I am just a beginner in my endeavor to write, so it was very helpful.Published on May 30, 2013 by John R. Shinnick
This book explains how to write books for children and teenagers and has influenced me to someday write my own book for children. Vocabulary is easy to understand. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by Linda N. Baron-katz
This is an excellent reference book for the person who is a beginning writer. It gave lots of practicasl suggestions for the new writer.Published on January 9, 2012 by Doris Murdoch
This book is a classic and there is a reason for that - it is good. Wyndham writes about subjects other "How to write for children" authors may miss. Read morePublished on September 25, 2005 by Marilyn Dalrymple