December 24, 2014

Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink - Gail Carson Levine

Writer to Writer Gail Carson Levine book cover
Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink by Gail Carson Levine
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: December 23, 2014
Source/Format: Edelweiss (Thanks!) || e-galley
[I received this novel from the publisher. This in no way affects my opinions, or the thoughts in my review.]

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. (from Goodreads)

Even though the process of writing is pretty subjective, it’s always helpful to learn from those with a bit of experience. This is why I picked up Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink (henceforth to be called Writer to Writer) in the first place. Levine presents her take on writing advice, with bits taken from posts she’s shared via her blog.

What I liked best about Writer to Writer is that writing and its elements are presented quite simply. The language and style used is light and accessible, which means even younger readers will understand. Honestly, everything is so organized that I never once felt lost or confused! Levine tackles all the basics, from themes to characters to plots and so much more. While it’s certainly only scratching the surface of the advice she’s dispensed online, it’s still pretty substantial stuff for new and experienced writers alike. Plus, her writing prompts were really fun and challenging!

If you’re an aspiring writer (or if you know one), Writer to Writer is a read for you. It’s especially good for people who are just starting out or are curious about the craft, as it presents most of the basics in a clear, concise way. However, even those with more experience will enjoy the creativity and humor of the advice in Writer to Writer! So, basically, if you’re looking for another book about the craft of writing, this is a great new option.


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