Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book?

Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book?

by Ally Carter
Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book?

Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book?

by Ally Carter


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From bestselling author Ally Carter, the definitive guide to writing a novel for the NaNoWriMo generation, including helpful tips from other YA stars.

Have you always wanted to write a book, but don't know where to start? Or maybe you're really great at writing the first few chapters . . . but you never quite make it to the end? Or do you finally have a finished manuscript, but you're not sure what to do next? Fear not — if you have writing-related questions, this book has answers! Whether you're writing for fun or to build a career, bestselling author Ally Carter is ready to help you make your work shine. With honesty, encouragement, and humor, Ally's ready here to answer the questions that writers struggle with the most.Filled with practical tips and helpful advice, Dear Ally is a treasure for aspiring writers at any stage of their careers. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at how books get made, from idea to publication, and gives you insight into the writing processes of some of the biggest and most talented YA authors writing today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338212266
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ally Carter is the New York Times bestselling author of the Gallagher Girls, Heist Society, and Embassy Row series. Not If I Save You First is her first stand-alone novel. Her books have been published all over the world, in over 20 languages. She grew up on a farm in Oklahoma and has never caused an international incident (to her knowledge). You can visit her online at

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Getting Ready 16

Chapter 3 Planning Your Book 29

Chapter 4 Building Your World 55

Chapter 5 Creating Your Characters 67

Chapter 6 Developing Your Plot 95

Chapter 7 Finding Your Process 121

Chapter 8 Starting Your First Draft 146

Chapter 9 Editing Your Book 183

Chapter 10 Beating Your Writer's Block 207

Chapter 11 Writing Your Series 226

Chapter 12 Publishing Your Book 242

Chapter 13 Planning Your Future 294

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