by Nancy Lamb
The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children
Writer's Digest Books, September, 2001.
Paperback, 232 pages.
This new book from children's author Nancy Lamb can help children's writers learn more about their craft. Nancy Lamb has published over 40 books for children and adults; in this guide she explains what she has learned during her career. The book is filled with suggestions and tips for crafting children's stories, as well as warnings about things to avoid. Plotting from beginning to end, structural design, characters, scenes, dialogue and point-of-view are just some of the concepts Lamb discusses. Lamb provides experiences from her own writing, which helps readers better understand the process and learn what to do to help make their stories more appealing to children and editors. Lamb also provides examples from popular children's fiction, character checklists and more to help beginning children's writers. Reading assignments and thought-provoking exercises are also given. This is a must-read for children's writers.
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This review was published in the February, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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