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Live Writing: Breathing Life into Your Words
     

Live Writing: Breathing Life into Your Words

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by Ralph Fletcher
 

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This book is based on the simple idea that every writer has a "tool box." Instead of awls and hammers, a writer's toolbox contains words, imagination, a love of books, a sense of story, and ideas for how to make the writing live and breathe. I wrote this book to give you some practical strategies to throw into your toolbox. I hope you'll try them, because these are

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This book is based on the simple idea that every writer has a "tool box." Instead of awls and hammers, a writer's toolbox contains words, imagination, a love of books, a sense of story, and ideas for how to make the writing live and breathe. I wrote this book to give you some practical strategies to throw into your toolbox. I hope you'll try them, because these are ideas that can make you a better writer.

This book is titled Live Writing, and you may be wondering what I mean by that. Most of us have read (and written!) the opposite kind of writing-dull, drab language that sounds about as interesting as a city phone book. By "live writing" I mean the kind of writing that has a current running through it-energy, electricity, juice. When we read "live writing", the words seem to lift off the page and burrow deep inside us.

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
From the author of A Writer's Notebook comes this examination of a writer's toolbox. Two things make this book of particular interest to both children who enjoy writing, and teachers who try to get them to do so. First, Fletcher gives young writers permission to grow and enrich plain or mediocre writing through persistence and work. Second, he offers them the tips and tricks they need to do this successfully. Character and conflict are discussed here. Voice is examined, in a compelling chapter by Han Nolan. Elements of grace and style are cogently presented. Live Writing really can help writing come alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380797011
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
144,568
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Ralph Fletcher has always been a special person for children's literature. He is the author of picture books, nonfiction, and novels for young readers. How to Write Your Life Story is the fifth book in Mr. Fletcher's series of instructional writing books, which includes A Writer's Notebook, Live Writing, How Writers Work, and Poetry Matters. Mr. Fletcher lives with his family in New Hampshire.

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Live Writing: Breathing Life into Your Words 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so helpful to me though i am only 12 if someone asked me i now could write a whole book. This teaches you many writing skills, such as how to create a character and what to keep in your writers notebook and how to use your tool box and how to create your story and much more, it is a terrific read for anyone who wants to improve on thier writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When will the results of the competion be posted? And I am working on Star Glimmer Chapter Three. Sneak Peek- Jay feather goes into Bramblestar's dream and Squirrelflight tells them the truth!!!!!! HOPE YOU GUYS LUV IT!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im thinking of getting this book. I am only 12 years old and id love to be a author one day. So hopefully this will help me and all other writings wanting to improve. I think writing is the best way to express yourself. Ill give it a 3 star rating to start with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The name I submit is Quietwoods. Btw plz no copying.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Just bought It so ima give it a two.
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Carley Mullen More than 1 year ago
The book 'Live Writing' gives helpful hints on how to use your life as tools when it comes to writing... it is good for kids, teens, adults, basically anyone who has an appeal to writing. I think this is a great book for anyone who is intrested in making their writing come to life. That is what I have to say about this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice way to know more about writing or actually to teach children how to write. Very funny.