- 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: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writing for Children and Teenagers 3 Sub Edition
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IS fantasy really harder to write than any other genre? I personally would find contemporary realism, with the almost obligatory dysfunctional family setting so beloved of today's publishers for older children, well near impossible to write, simply because I seldom enjoy reading it. However, good writing techniques are the same no matter what genre you write, and Lee Wyndham's suggestion to read the very best MODERN fantasy titles seems eminently sensible to me. I just disagree that would-be fantasy writers should learn their craft by writing here-and-now stories. If the mere thought of writing contemporary realism makes you want to yawn, you'll only land up writing a boring story.
This is one book I refer to often for a children's writers group I fascilitate.
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Probably some of the submission procedure is hopelessly out of date as it was written pre-internet.