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Posted May 2, 2013
As a person who has both the book and the ebook, I highly recommend the book. This is an invaluable resource, and one of the books that you'll want to flip to a certain section, bookmark, possibly even jot in the margins. I'm not one to usually mind a book over an ebook (yes real books are my preference but it isn't a big deal) however in this case go for the book it's worth the extra $!!
Now that that's out of the way down to the review.
This book has a ton of information packed into it. It's 300 pages of tips, grammar helps, examples, exercises, general info and generally answers any FAQ a writer has. They make it fun too! It's one of those writer books that is just fun to read. :)
The design is pleasing to the eye. The way the text is formatted, sectioned, and the handling of co-authorship is perfectly done.
The Table of Contents is very thorough. Here is a sampling of topics found in the table of contents.
The Story Problem
Digging Out Your Themes
Giving Your Narrative a Boost
Writing a Strong Antagonist
Creating Plot Twists
Writing the Cream of Your Story
Filling in the Gaps
How to Know When You're Done
Behaving Like a Pro Before You Are
Your Hook Sentence
Your Target Audience
Dealing With Rejection
+ a whole lot of other topics and lovely Extras Section full of lists and resources. :)
Also, don't be deceived by this book's title. My father started reading my copy and said it appeared to be a very good book, one he plans to read in the future. So, even if you aren't a teen anymore (or yet), this book can certainly help you. It's not dumbed down to teen level or anything along those lines. Jill and Stephanie just have a heart for helping young authors.
I am definitely planning on purchasing additional copies of this book for a few birthdays. If you aren't sure whether this book is the one you're looking for, head right on over to Stephanie and Jill's GoTeenWriter's blog. If you like what you see there, you will certainly love this book! -Rachel Leila
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Posted March 1, 2013
Posted December 12, 2014
To be honest, I didn't even know that books about writing even existed! I thought that every book had to do with reading and writing, because someone wrote the book, and (duh!) I'm reading it. This book personally is given an A+ from the Woodrow Wilson Middle school ELA (English & Language Arts) classes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 22, 2014
This book equipped me in the real world of writing. It showed me how thing work. It showed me how books work, too. And though these are bestselling authors, this book Isn't written in a superior, condescending tone. These writers obviously are knowledgeable and skilled. However they write like an understanding friend. They care.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to write. It covers everything from outlining to publication. Writing style, revisions, agents and adverbs. Amazingness. Get it. Now. :)
It is great to find a writing book specifically aimed towards teens.
Posted November 24, 2013
This book is amazing. It has everything any new writer could possibly need in a beautifully wrapped package. Whether you need help with grammar, plot troubles, or need advice for character developing, Go Teen Writers has it all. The authors at Go Teen Writers really know their stuff. It's a real, down to earth, and helpful book for people of all ages, not just teens. You can definitely tell that Jill Williamson and Stephanie Morrill know their stuff. It has a beautiful and interesting lay out that keeps your mind engaged and a terrific guide for all things writing. It’s easy to follow and beautifully written. I really enjoyed the "make it yours" sections that allowed you to really work through the book and make it very personal. This is a fantastic work and is just as fabulous as their amazing blog. This is a definite must-have for any aspiring writer looking to work on their craft. AJWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 21, 2013
Review by Sarah Faulkner
I’ve been a follower of the blog, Go Teen Writers, maintained by the authors of this book for several years. I was worried I’d learned pretty much all they had to teach me. I was very wrong!
Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Finished Book is the perfect book for any young writer. If they’re a teen, college student, or just new to the craft, this is a great how-to book and manual.
For someone who has read several grammar books, take a creative class and a grammar class, and been writing for four years, some of the first chapters weren’t as helpful. However, this is because the target of this book is someone who is a little newer to the craft. I think if I’d read this book a year or two ago, I would have had a lot more to learn from the first few chapters.
But after those, I found a gold mine. Chapter 14 had a helpful reminder on formatting, and the whole section on “Editing Issues that don’t happen on the Page,” was wonderful.
And then I got to the section on publishing. I’ve read several books and dozens of articles on publishing, and this still taught me a lot. I’ve read a whole book on book proposals, but that book was written for non-fiction writers and didn’t help me very much. I hadn’t been able to find a good source of information on fiction book proposals until this book. It only has one chapter on proposals, but I learned more in that one chapter than in half a dozen blog posts and a whole book.
I really appreciated how this book was targeted to teens. I read a few books for writing as a child, but I haven’t been able to find one for teens before this. However, I think that any new writer who’s looking for some information about the industry will appreciate this book. I know it will be one of my top recommendations from now on.
I highly recommend this book to any writer, young or old. It’s a great book with a lot of helpful information that I haven’t found elsewhere. I will say that I highly recommend buying the physical book. You'll want to be able to flip through it and have at handy at will.
Posted July 14, 2013
Hi i am 12 and i want to write about vampires and i want it to be for teens/young adults i have read the twilight books and nightworld and ten vampire books can people give me some ideas like setting and like mabey some romance can anybody give me some ideas and if you have ideas for headline type in ideas for help. Thanks so much.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 31, 2013
If you’re a writer, I cannot recommend this book enough. I have found that it improved not only my plots, but my dialogue too! It offers great industry tips and through some of Jill and Stephanie’s stories—you can tell they’ve been in your shoes, so to speak. And the way they teach you about the publishing industry? Hilarious.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 30, 2013
I can't say that this is the only book on writing you'll ever need, at least not if you're a serious writer. However, it is pretty comprehensive, covering everything from fiction craft to the publishing industry. To be honest, I havent seen many books that do that.
The advice you get on these topics is quite in depth as well. There is really nothing here that you wouldn't get in an adult writing book. It doesn't dumb the message down just because it has a younger audience. There is little I could find in there that would differentiate it from a book for older writers, perhaps only that the examples are from YA, not adult, fiction and that the authors assume you're not published.
The way it is done, giving advice from both authors in turn, makes it rather like having two books in one. It also means that if one piece of advice doesn't quite fit you, there's always another option.
I've read books about writing before, but even so I found a lot in this that was helpful. I'm desperate now to start writing again.
Posted May 27, 2013
I am a beginner writer and I found this book really helpful. I have grown in my writing and in confidence about writing. The tips and guidelines have led me through my writing so that my work is better than before. This book is great for both new and experienced teen writers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 26, 2013
This book is filled to the brim with helpful information. I read half of it and thought it was great, I was thrilled to see there was more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2013
The greatest book to help you get better at your craft! No matter how old you are this book will be of extreme help to you. Get out your highlighters, sticky notes, and pens and get ready to have some of the best writing advice you will every get!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 3, 2013
The title for this book is misleading, as it’s not just a useful book for teens. Writers of all ages would benefit from reading this book! Even if you haven’t yet written a first draft, reading this book gives you good information to make a strong start so that you won’t have to do so much revising later on. If you have written a draft, following the advice packed into this book is sure to make it sparkle. It doesn’t stop there, though! That’s only half of the book. The other half is all about getting published—and you’re hearing from authors who both have done it themselves multiple times. This is going to be a resource I’ll use long into the perilous years of adulthood.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2013
An amazing book that is a must-read for teen authors. I also think that adults could benefit from reading this book too because it's very well organized and breaks down the drafting, editing/revising, and submission stages of the traditional publishing model. (If you plan on self-publishing, obviously you won't need the submission stage part, but the rest will still be extremely helpful to you. I read this book in an afternoon (I read quickly), but as I've been rapidly moving through the drafting and revision stages of my novel,Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 6, 2013
So I had the privilege of proofreading a book recently...and I had to remind myself to check for typos and such, because I wanted to whip out a piece of paper and take notes.
Jill Williamson and Stephanie Morrill teamed up to write the guide for teen writers looking for that extra oomph to nudge them from incognito to on-their-way.
They lead you step-by-step through the process of building your book and preparing it for an agent or editor's eyes. With chapter titles like "Why Bother?", "Your Character's Past", "Behave Like a Pro Before You Are," and my personal favorite, "The Publishing Industry Decoded," this book screams insight. The authors pull no punches and treat teens like adults, respecting them as fellow writers (a big plus).
Why I Recommend This Book
With a writer-to-writer tone and step-by-step method, Jill and Stephanie present a comprehensive overview of everything a teen writer needs to know about writing and becoming an author. I recommend this book to teen (and new non-teens) writers who are looking for the answer to the "How do I get published?" question.
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Posted August 27, 2013
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