Saturday, June 16, 2012

Book Review: Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write by Victoria Hanley

ISBN: 1877673811
Published: July 1st, 2008
Publisher: Cottonwood Press
Read from June 1st to 7th, 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Do you wish you had a published writer's secrets at your fingertips, ready to help you achieve your goals of publication, success, and the chance to be the next great teen writer? In Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write, Victoria Hanley, award-winning author of young adult fiction, spills the secrets for bringing action, adventure, humor, and drama to stories. All of the elements of fiction, from creating believable dialogue to exciting plots, are laid out clearly and illustrated with examples taken straight from story excerpts by excellent writers. The book is packed with writing exercises designed to encourage teens to tell the stories that are theirs alone.In addition, other published authors of young adult literature share their insights about the writing life. Teens can gain firsthand advice from accomplished writers T. A. Barron, Joan Bauer, Hilari Bell, Chris Crutcher, David Lubar, Lauren Myracle, Todd Mitchell, Nancy Garden, and many more.

I absolutely love this book!  It has amazing advice for anyone who enjoys writing.  It's definitely geared towards teens, but the writing advice it has is advice that's great for anyone who writes.  I'm definitely going to be keeping advice from this book in mind during the future.  I also enjoyed the interviews with the other authors.  The book contains so much advice that will really help any teen who wants to make their writing the best it can be.  I strongly recommend Seize the Story to any teen writer.

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