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Writing Fiction: A Guide for Pre-Teens

by Heather Wright

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When I learned that Heather Wright had put together a writing guide for pre-teens, I asked for a review copy. Hoping there would be tips even I could pick up, I wasn’t disappointed.

When I was a pre-teen or teenager I could have benefited from this book, as will any young writers now. Writing Fiction: A Guide for Pre-Teens is well-planned, covering everything a young writer needs to know to give them a sound foundation. It is easy to follow, enjoyable to read, informative, helpful, educational and challenging in a fun and encouraging way.

Each section is divided into sub-sections as follows:

Getting Started


What do I need to be a writer?

Habits and Goals

Choosing Your Goal
Writing Every Day
Don’t Miss a Word
Write with a Friend or Two

Pantser or Plotter: Which are You?

The Pantser
The Plotter

Where do I get ideas for stories?

What if?
Write What You Know
Pick 4 Words

Writing Prompts

Plotting Tips

Basic Rule of Plotting
Story Planning

Plotting with the Hero’s Journey

How do I start my story?

Who should tell the story?

Point of View: First Person
Point of View: Second Person
Point of View: Third Person

How do I describe my characters?

Show Don’t Tell
Change is Good
Character List

How do I describe the setting?

Think about how much you really have to describe
Use Comparisons
Get the Senses Involved
Draw a Map or Use Photos

How do I write dialogue?

How do I end my story?

How do I make my writing better?

Revising and Editing
Combining Sentences

What do I do when a story gets stuck?

Forget about making the first draft perfect
Write more than one story at a time
Put the story away
Ask “What if?”
Don’t worry

The author ends with a section called Last Words in which she invites readers to visit her website and ask any questions they may have, or share with her a paragraph or two of their stories.

Writing Fiction: A Guide for Pre-Teens by Heather Wright is an excellent teaching aid for young writers. I suspect that if you are a writer – no matter your age – reading the headings above you found something that caught your interest. Why not add this helpful writing guide to your collection of writing books? ( )
  Polilla-Lynn | Apr 21, 2015 |
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