Children’s Writing Weblog

Books on Writing Worth Adding to Your Library

Posted on: December 17, 2010

If you’re looking for some last-minute gifts for the writer in your life (or maybe for yourself), the reviewers for The Writer magazine have listed their favorite books on writing. I’d like to add two of my own to the list:

Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go by Les Edgerton. This book focuses exclusively on those all-important opening pages. And we all know that if an editor isn’t captivated by your first scene, she’ll never read beyond Chapter 1.

And an oldie but a goodie: How to Write for Children and Young Adults: A Handbook by Jane Fitz-Randolph and Barbara Steiner. It’s out of print, so you’ll have to search the used book sites for a copy (or you might get lucky and find it in your library). Though some of the market info is obviously out of date (it was last revised in 1980), read it for timeless advice on plotting and developing a writer’s mindset.

Add your favorites below. Happy reading!


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