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I just started reading WRITING IRRESISTIBLE KIDLIT because I'm a huge fan of Mary Kole's blog. And so far so good. The organization of the book is a bit unexpected, but I'm not far enough in to really judge that. What I love most about Mary's advice is that I can always pull out golden nuggets from her writings that truly resonate and then stay with me long after I read them. It seems as though just when I'm asking a question, she's there to answer it. I think she's especially helpful for those of us who have been at this for a while and have faced challenges with plot structures or voice or characterization or ... she's brilliant at articulating the best audience-minded and industry-minded approaches to writing for kids.
#91 - January 25, 2013, 12:10 PM
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I've just started SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS by Renni Browne and Dave King, and find it immensely insightful. I also finally picked up ART & FEAR: OBSERVATIONS ON THE PERILS (AND REWARDS) OF ARTMAKING by David Bayles and Ted Orland.  Even though ART & FEAR isn't a craft book, it's got some great insights into what makes creative people tick (or stop ticking, as it were), and helpful ways to understand ourselves.
#92 - January 25, 2013, 01:42 PM

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I have too many books on "how to write" and need to remember to just write.

I read the reviews of other people and think, oh, that would be a good book to get and suddenly I am reading about what I should be doing!

I have an entire shelf on writing, creative thinking, etc. :paperbag
#93 - January 25, 2013, 03:19 PM
You must do the things you think you cannot do.  Eleanor Roosevelt

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I read the reviews of other people and think, oh, that would be a good book to get and suddenly I am reading about what I should be doing!

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#94 - January 25, 2013, 05:30 PM

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My Very First Post... on a subject I've been thinking about recently too.

Here are the few that have helped me the most.

    Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print/ Renni Browne and Dave King
    Novel Metamorphosis/ Darcy Pattison
    The Anatomy of Story/ John Truby

I'm going to check out a bunch of these other recommendations too, especially Second Sight/ Cheryl Klein
#95 - January 26, 2013, 10:35 AM

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I'm a picture book writer and have these on my shelves, plus the 2013 Children's Writer's & Illustrator market book, but I borrow many writing books from my library.  Getting inspiration is essential. But as well, I read countless numbers of picture books, which I find extremely helpful to my craft.

Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul
Children's Writer's WORK BOOK
#96 - January 26, 2013, 01:50 PM
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Hip Hopping Books, 2015
Before I Sleep, January 1 2015
Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room, 2011
Where Am I Sleeping Tonight? 2008

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In the July/August 2008 SCBWI bulletin, the book Novel Metamorphosis by Darcy Pattison was featured in an article by Franci McMahon. I believe I've heard of this book before and am considering purchasing it to help me through revisions of my current YA. Has anyone else used this? What are your thoughts?

I used a lot of the exercises from Novel Metamorphosis/ Darcy Pattison and they helped a lot with my MG novel re-write. For me it helped the most with developing stronger sensory details, punching up the final "obligatory/ battle" scene and adding more unique characterization. All good stuff.

For plotting and narrative arc, I like The Anatomy of Story/ John Truby better.
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 I love Writing From the Heart by Joy Cowley, my writing hero.
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I'm with Liz Straw - there are so many fantastic writing books out there and I have quite a few, but in the end I need to stop reading about writing and just write! BUT, I've looked at this thread on and off for months now - if a couple of books sound promising, I add it to my list of books I want and then occasionally "treat" myself to one if I can't find them in the library. Hmm. .  Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away, isn't it?
#99 - January 27, 2013, 04:46 PM

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I opened this thread again to add a book, and it turns out Jean started off the thread with it. I'm only partway through Mary Kole's book, but I'm really enjoying this one! The beginning is your basic what-is-MG-and-YA, but once you get past that, yeah, it's really for people who are not beginners anymore and need a bit more meat. I'm reading it quickly straight through, and then will be using it as a workbook. In particular, she has great things to say about showing, telling, interiority, and raising the stakes. I definitely recommend it!
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Thanks for the suggestion, Rose! Our library system has 6 copies and I just put myself on the wait list for the next available copy. It must be a good one!
#101 - September 07, 2013, 11:28 AM
THE SECRET OF FERRELL SAVAGE
Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) February, 2014

This one's been mentioned in years past, but since I just finished it and found it pretty terrific: STEIN ON WRITING by Sol Stein.
#102 - September 07, 2013, 11:50 AM

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I found a book recently that I wanted to share with you all and I was very happy when this thread just popped up in the "replies to my posts" section.


THE MAKING OF A STORY: A NORTON GUIDE TO CREATIVE WRITING by Alice LaPlante

Each chapter is made up of three parts:
1) the usual "instruction," broken down into about 10 short sub-sections.
2) 2 writing exercises that relate to the chapter topic-- with examples from LaPlante's own students.
3) And 1-4 readings by published authors

I usually get these kinds of books at the library but I ended up buying myself a copy so that I could take notes in it as I go. The chapter on revision was incredibly helpful to me, offering the pros and cons of workshop style critiques and a great description of the different stages of a creative work. LaPlante also got me on the road to "an exercise based approach to deep revision" as she calls it.
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