Book Review: Writer to Writer

51yyzduymvl-_sx334_bo1204203200_“Have you ever wanted to captivate readers with a great opening, create spectacular and fantastical creatures, make up an entire country, realize a dastardly villain, write an epic love story, or make your characters leap off the page? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Gail Carson Levine can help you achieve your goals. Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine offers a behind-the-scenes take on writing and teaches you how to become a world-class author. Drawing from her popular blog, Gail answers readers’ fiction- and poetry-writing questions and dives into how to make a story come alive. If you’re interested in writing prose and poetry or just want to be a better and more rounded writer, this book will help you on your creative journey. With her trademark humor and vast writing knowledge, Gail Carson Levine reveals the tricks of her trade, writer to writer.” (from Goodreads)

I loved this book’s chatty, insightful, and honest tone from the moment I opened it. I immediately felt kinship with the author when I discovered she was also a pantser–and a published one at that! This book didn’t say “show don’t tell” or “just write”; it gave encouragement and advice on how to show and what to do when you are too busy fussing over your story to progress or are completely inspiration dead. The poetry section wasn’t my favorite, but it could be useful to a beginner in that field. Just a note that since this is by a fantasy author there is a cutesy “magic spell” and discussions of how to write magic in your own story.

Best quote: “Usually I have a sense of how the story should end–nothing specific, and nothing that can’t change. Then I plunge in and start writing, without an outline but with a rough idea of where I’m going, which may be entirely different from where I end up, and occasionally I lose my way for many pages.”

Altogether, I found this to be a refreshing read for us “veteran” writers and an exciting introduction for beginners.

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