Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook

Spilling Ink A Young Writer s Handbook LEARN HOW TO WRITE LIKE THE EXPERTS FROM THE EXPERTS Practical advice in a perfect package for young aspiring writers After receiving letters from fans asking for writing advice accomplished authors

  • Title: Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook
  • Author: Anne Mazer Ellen Potter Matt Phelan
  • ISBN: 9781596435148
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Hardcover
  • LEARN HOW TO WRITE LIKE THE EXPERTS, FROM THE EXPERTS.Practical advice in a perfect package for young aspiring writers.After receiving letters from fans asking for writing advice,accomplished authors Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter joined together to create this guidebook for young writers The authors mix inspirational anecdotes with practical guidance on how to find a voice,LEARN HOW TO WRITE LIKE THE EXPERTS, FROM THE EXPERTS.Practical advice in a perfect package for young aspiring writers.After receiving letters from fans asking for writing advice,accomplished authors Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter joined together to create this guidebook for young writers The authors mix inspirational anecdotes with practical guidance on how to find a voice, develop characters and plot,make revisions, and overcome writer s block Fun writing prompts will help young writers jump start their own projects, and encouragement throughout will keep them at work.

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    • Anne Mazer Ellen Potter Matt Phelan

      Quite a lot of Anne Mazer s writing education took place while she was unconscious Her parents wanted desperately to become writers and made themselves get up at 4 00 a.m Every morning in order to have writing time before their three young children awoke The first thing Anne heard every day was two big, noisy electric typewriters The furious sound of typing was her childhood wake up music During the day, her parents endlessly discussed ideas, plot, and character, and before she was seven years old, Anne knew about revisions, first and second drafts, and rejection slips It was like growing up in a twenty four hour, seven day a week writer s boot camp.In order to escape from her parents obsession with writing, Anne turned to books She was an avid reader from an early age and credits her love of reading for her writing career Her favorite works were fantasy, fairy tales, historical fiction, humor, realistic fiction, and adventure Her other interests were language, art, history, and science At the age of twelve, she wanted to be an actress, a ballerina and a nuclear physicist These careers were rapidly eliminated as she realized that a she couldn t dance, b she couldn t act and c she hated math.Although at the time Anne thought writing was nothing but a nuisance, she now considers herself very lucky to have grown up with two aspiring writers She learned a lot about discipline, perseverance and dedication to a craft from witnessing her parents struggle They eventually became successful and award winning young adult novelists.It took Anne a long time to figure out that she, too, wanted to be a writer During early adulthood, she worked as an au pair, a bank teller, a pill bottle labeler, a receptionist, an English tutor, and an administrative assistant, as well as other jobs that she was ill suited for She attended three universities, spent several years in Paris, traveled throughout Europe, and worked in Boston and New York City.Anne s eureka moment about writing came while she prepared a research report for one of her bosses As she lovingly polished each sentence, and meticulously organized the paragraphs, she realized that no one really cared how beautifully she wrote about the latest models of air conditioners Except her, of course.Using her parents model of daily writing and discipline, she began to write It took her seven years to publish her first book, a picture book inspired by her then two year old son, Max.Anne is the mother of an adult son and daughter Over the last twenty years, she has written over forty five books for young readers She has enough ideas to last for another quarter century and hopes that she will be writing for a very long time Fun Facts About Anne MazerHer favorite foods are popcorn, rice pudding and blueberries.When she was a kid, she would sometimes read up to ten books a day.If she had magic powers, she d choose invisibility.She painted the rooms in her house yellow, orange, and violet.One of her favorite childhood books was The Twilight of Magic, by Hugh Lofting.When Anne was a teenager, her room was so messy that she needed a map to get from the door to the bed sort of In school Anne often flunked her favorite creative subjects, like writing and art.

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    • I was child writer. Which is to say, I was one of those kids who wrote endless stories between the ages of nine and fourteen or so. Of these stories, I finished only one. And I remember taking a writing class over a summer once that I enjoyed, but otherwise I didn't have a lot of direction when it came to my writing. I dabbled a bit in high school, but for the most part my creative side floundered for many years before getting a bit of a revivification in adulthood. So it's impossible for me not [...]


    • Good grief. I have 10 pages of notes on this book. Don't worry, I won't put you to bed with a long review, but the great phrases, advice, and lesson ideas had me paraphrasing oodles of sections. Speaking of "oodles," it is a word I've been hooked on lately. Go ahead, say the word. Now get a good gob of spit in the back of your throat and say it like a five-year-old blowing bubbles. My grandson reminded me of this fun bubble-spit game. This book advises to beware of certain "writing tics" such as [...]


    • Admittedly, this book sat on my desk at school for 7 months before I picked it, and I only picked it up because I was feeling guilty that I was hogging a book from the school library that a student or two probably wanted to read. I took it from the library because I thought it sounded like a good read. I had no idea what a good read this book is! I can't wait to book talk it to my students. The book is full of sound writing advice for kids. And the best part is they'll probably take it for two r [...]


    • Liked this more than I thought I would. Most writing books one reads are really dense but this one wasn't. Also some unique advice which tends to be lacking in most writing books.


    • This is the best book on the craft of creative writing that I've read that is aimed at elementary kids and middle schoolers. It's written to the young people themselves, which is fun, and offers challenges and advice from two different authors. Teachers could easily incorporate it into their classrooms. I am asked sometimes which books to help someone learn to write. My favorite writing book for high schoolers and up is On Writing, by Stephen King, followed by Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. And I [...]




    • Anyone wanting to be a writer should read this book. It has lots of great advice and helpful information. It was nice to see that my personality was a lot like a writer's personality.


    • While written primarily for children and young adults who are interested in taking up the pen, the book is full of good advice for would-be writers of any age.


    • This book is exactly what the title is, "a young writer's handbook." And it's a great one too. With twists and turns through all the unfamiliar caves of writing, it helped in many ways. I started reading this book awhile ago, and I just recently finished it. I'd like to first say that if you are a younger writer, this book is very helpful. One of my favorite parts of this book is the character development section. Specifically the "Naming your characters" chapter. A quote from that part, written [...]


    • Two veteran authors take their years of writing, their know-how, and their energy and offer it happily to new authors, both young and old. What could have been a dry subject is definitely not in their hands. Simply starting the book will have you hooked and make you wonder why you never wrote that book that you know you have inside you. Mazer and Potter take on all of your excuses, throw in some great advice, and really inspire you to go for it! Written with lots of humor, this book has I Dare Y [...]


    • Honestly this book is so helpful I got it in 5th grade and I still read it to help with writing my stories.


    • Spilling ink is a book with many tips about how to write a book. It is tips on how to write, not how to write. It gives great examples and great explanations on why the tips work. It is broken up into sections, for example, one section is about characters and how to make them seem realistic. Another section is about how to make a good conflict in the story. Spilling ink is a book with tips of how to write a book. I loved the book. It really helped me on my journey to be an author. It had very fu [...]


    • As an instructional coach, I have used this book to inspire three fourth grade classes to add more meat to their writing. The co-authors are published authors of children's literature. They share how to bring characters and writing to life in a hilarious and amusing way. Threaded throughout each chapter are dares for the reader to complete. My daughter that is about to enter 7th grade absolutely LOVES this book. She stole it from me! Her favorite part is the dares that are threaded throughout ea [...]


    • I loved how this isn't just your typical tips from some guy no ones ever heard of. This book was written by numerous well known authors and the way they wrote it really appealed to my senses, especially seeing as how the styles were different amongst writers however seemed to be written solely for me. I liked how there was some humor in some areas, like the prologue the very first sentence read "Congratulations! No one ever reads the prologue so I'd like to give you some kudos, we're gonna get a [...]


    • Whether you are a child, teenager or adultwhether you are a writer or just secretly dream of writingis is a wonderful reference book to get you writing or help improve what you have written. It is written for an audience 3rd grade and older and really breaks down not only the process of "writing" but all the different elements of story, character, voice, etc. It gives "writing" assignments, examples, and tries to break down this overwhelming task into bite size pieces. I loved the bookI would us [...]


    • This was like my 7,000,000 read. This is an amazing, amazing writing book. It covers plot, characters, writing style, writing habit, metaphors and similes, writing picture books, battling writers block, dealing with criticism, and so much more. I go back to it whenever I'm stuck. And though I've checked it out at the library each time, I'm ordering it on soon. Best yet - Anne and Ellen put it all together with a modern, humorous, and anything-but-boring style!


    • "Here's the best part of being a writer: Your words can change the world."Very insightful. And more than just helpful.



    • This is a joyous energetic writing guide, good for any age! Seems especially appropriate for middle-grade authors.


    • This book is a fantastic guide for any teacher or student of writing. The author gives writing advice in a captivating way. She guides readers on how to develop characters and plot, how to find a voice while writing, how to overcome writers block, and how to make effectively make revisions. She incorporates inspirational lessons and stories into the guide. She gives clear instructions and breaks up steps on how to effectively teach students to write. If you want to read and use one book on teach [...]


    • This is a fantastic read for any young reader who is aspiring to become a published writer at some point in their life. The two authors use short passages to address many different topics that a young writer may be interested in (i.e. narrative voice, writer's block, and how to start). The chapters also end with prompts and writing exercises that are interesting and inspiring. Through these passages and prompts the reader gets a heartfelt guide that will make even the most hesitant writer pick u [...]


    • This. Book. Is. Marvelous. Honestly, I know it is for kids, but I just loved it. I learned that we make writing WAY to hard in school. I have taught perspective so many times, but Spilling Ink makes it so simple and extremely easy to understand. I listened to an audio version, but plan on buying a copy for myself an my son to read this summer.


    • Look, I wish there were something like this for teenagers who aspire to become authors. This book was a bit childish for me, but it taught me lots. I mean, how is there not something like this for people above the age of 12? It's genius!


    • Spilling Ink is a wonderful book with lots of practical advice. I would recommend it to writers if all ages.



    • Publisher’s Summary: LEARN HOW TO WRITE LIKE THE EXPERTS, FROM THE EXPERTS.Practical advice in a perfect package for young aspiring writers.After receiving letters from fans asking for writing advice,accomplished authors Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter joined together to create this guidebook for young writers. The authors mix inspirational anecdotes with practical guidance on how to find a voice, develop characters and plot,make revisions, and overcome writer’s block. Fun writing prompts will h [...]


    • Helpful, but many of the sections focus specifically on writing kids books. These principles can be applied elsewhere, but parts of it seem a little thin.


    • Having never heard of Anne Mazer or Ellen Potter before, their writing biographies initially felt a little less important than the tips about writing that I could pick up from their guide: Spilling Ink. Ironically, I've now added their novels to my reading list. Such is the power of a good writing guide! (It also doesn't hurt that Mazer has written a series of books about a girl who wants to be a writer.) If you aren't a fan of novels where the character viewpoints switch back and forth (and I'm [...]


    • Name: Brandi Plumlee, LME 508Potter, E & Mazer, A. (2010). Spilling ink: A young writer’s handbook. New York, NY: Roaring Book Press.Cost: $8.99 (Barnes and Noble)Dewey/Call Number: (Not available from Library of Congress)Reading Level: 9-14 yearsCategory: Elementary Level/Non-fiction Reference-HandbookReview Citation: Brownson, A. (2011). Book Review [Review of the book Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook]. School Library Journal, 57(7), 72. Retrieved on June 16, 2012 from Academic [...]


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