MY BOOK REVIEW:
Yes, a book for ‘young’ writers, but I found this book actually an amazing writing tool to keep on my resource shelf.
It talks about the writing process, tools to use, portfolios to create and publishing your writing. It takes a young writer through the prewriting and drafting stages that include building a file of writing ideas, collecting details/information, and planning and drafting your work.
Next it discusses the revising and editing stages, proofreading and getting help from beta readers/friends. There’s discussions on writing paragraphs, summaries, building strong sentences, dealing with run-ons, and the thought process for combining sentences. Grammar is touched on.
When you get into the forms of writing, you are introduced to journal writing, the making of albums, lists, friendly notes and letters, to writing personal narratives and family stories. This all prepares you for the next section that discusses the different subject writing out there, such as: writing alphabet books, newspaper stories, book reviews, business letters and explanatory articles.
You are shown how to research writing using the library and because this does target an audience in middle-grade levels, how to research classroom reports, and write photo essays.
Writing stories, tales, and plays is addressed discussing the value of writing realistic stories (non fiction), as well as writing time-travel and fantasy stories (fiction). Although I don’t write poetry, this book did cover issues pertaining to free-verse poetry along with other forms of poetry.
Many tips are provided to improve your reading which include reading graphics, discovering new words and how to understand what you’re reading better. There is a section that discusses vocabulary and spelling and how to build your skills at using both. This section breaks down prefixes, suffixes, and roots and discusses a history of the English language while helping you to become a better speller. These are all things that many writers should work on and read to keep their writing skills sharp and correct.
Many things that help authors become excellent writers is touched on too. Things like speaking better, learning to view research materials properly, improve listening skills, and how to speak publicly or how to conduct an interview. Telling stories is broached, which builds authors’ ability to stand before an audience and tell stories.
You are shown how to improve your thinking, by becoming more organized, being clear and precise with your thinking. You are shown methods to improve your overall learning skills through the completion of exercises, meeting deadlines, completing assignments, working with others and how to work under pressure.
There is an entire section on proofreading that covers the proper use of punctuation, honing your checking skills that covers many things such as: capitalization use, making the proper pluralization of a word, writing numbers out and when, using abbreviations and when to apply them. This section shows you how to check your spelling and why ‘spell checker’ is not always something to be relied on. There is a discussion on using the right words, understanding sentence structure and the basic language/grammar use. You also get a bonus section on editing and proofreading marks that you can use when correcting your work.
I keep this book handy at all times despite it’s target audience. It’s a wonderful resource tool to own. It simplicity makes for an easy read and clear understanding.
I give this book:
It would have been higher, but I have the older version and I am not sure what the newer versions would be like.