THIS IS NOT A WRITING MANUAL by Kerri  Majors

THIS IS NOT A WRITING MANUAL

Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World
Age Range: 13 - 18

KIRKUS REVIEW

Advice on writing from an experienced writer.

Majors, founder of YARN, the Young Adult Review Network, an online journal of YA essays, poetry and short stories, offers a series of essays on writing for aspiring writers. Essentially a memoir, the volume is earnest and practical in tone, covering every angle of writing, from buying a planner and revising to finding an audience and learning from mistakes. More philosophical concerns include what to do for a living before hitting the big time, deciding whether writing is a hobby or a job, and dealing with hating friends who find success before you do. Finally, for those committed to publishing, helpful advice is offered on dealing with agents, editors and publishers, discovering the right journals and finding inspiration. The best advice of all is to write for pleasure, even if the ultimate goal is publication. Clearly, Majors knows what she’s talking about, and readers will recognize they’re getting advice from someone who knows. However, considering that the author says, “I prefer to think of this book as therapy for writers,” it’s not always clear if this is really therapy for herself or for aspiring newbies already becoming intimidated and discouraged by the whole process.

An upbeat and honest guide for teens already considering writing careers. (Nonfiction. 13 & up)

Pub Date: July 9th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-59963-688-7
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2013




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