Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook by Ellen Potter

By Ellen Potter

LEARN HOW to jot down just like the specialists, FROM THE specialists.  Practical suggestion in an ideal package deal for younger aspiring writers. After receiving letters from lovers soliciting for writing advice,accomplished authors Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter joined jointly to create this guidebook for younger writers. The authors combine inspirational anecdotes with sensible suggestions on how to define a voice, enhance characters and plot,make revisions, and conquer writer’s block. enjoyable writing activates might help younger writers jump-start their very own initiatives, and encouragement all through will preserve them at paintings.

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I usually have a vague idea of what the story will be about because I generally know beforehand what my main character really, really wants (see "Heart's Desire" in Section 4 on page 27). Sometimes I have an inkling of what might happen in the near future, or there may be a cool scene that I would love to include toward the end of the book. Still, I try not to get too attached to any ideas in advance, in case the story wants to go in a different direction. Although it's often scary to write this way, I like not knowing what's going to happen next.

Whatever the reason, you are reading this book because you want something. " The same goes for your character. As you write your story, always try to think about what your character wants, from the tiniest want to the heart's desire. 28 JDARE YQ U Make a list of all the things you want. It can be anything from wanting a particular bully to leave you alone , to wanting riding lessons, to wanting your best friend to move back from Japan. Now pick the thing on the list you want the most and think of all the ways you could attain that thing, from the realistic to the ridiculous.

Stalking the Wild Character by Ellen If you want to try writing a story without a plot outline, but doing so seems as crazy as traveling across Outer Mongolia without a map, don' t worry. You do have a map. Your map is your character' s desires. If you follow your character from desire to desire, you will be creating your plot along the way. Here's what I mean. Let's say your main character, whose name is Lindsay, really, really wants to get the lead in the school play. That is her heart's desire.

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