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review 2016-11-12 04:48
If I Ran for President - Catherine Stier

This is a great introduction to politics.  I also really like that it portrays an African American running for president on the cover.  After reading this book, allow students to create their own campaigns if they were running for president.  Have them think about what they would change or what they would like to accomplish as president.  They could make posters and write their own persuasive speeches.  This is appropriate for grades 3-5.

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review 2015-05-24 10:44
The Elements of Active Prose- Tahlia Newland

Okay- so you have your first ever completed fiction book. You are not alone, another thousand have been written today. So, how are you going to add enough to your great story to turn it into something that readers will think is great?
A good idea is to sit down with the 'Elements of Active Prose' for an hour, before you start your first personal edit.
Ten more private edits, then read again. You will hopefully find that you have absorbed at least a little from that hour of advice.
Of course, you could read Newland's guide first. But most of us won't, I wouldn't, I was born knowing how to write. Few of you will be quite as arrogant as I tend to be, but I'm sure you get the picture.
There isn't a wrong way to write, but there is often a better way.
Do I follow all the rules? Not a chance. Will you? I don't know, that's not the point. The point is to learn to sit outside your work looking in, seeing where you could do things just slightly better.
There are no rules though are there?
True, but you do want to be read don't you?
You may well be thinking, there's a self-publishing nincompoop that probably writes total rubbish badly. How dare he suggest I read about how to write?
Well, certainly some readers do have that opinion about my writing- so think how bad I'd be without reminding myself from time to time as to how I might be able to do better.
This is a useful addition to most new writers' armoury and for any old dogs that are slow to learn.

AMAZON REVIEW

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review 2014-11-29 22:14
No more talking bubble-heads!!!
She Sat He Stood: What Do Your Characters Do While They Talk? - Ginger Hanson

This is one of those short little 'solve the problem' writing skills book that delivers exactly what it promises. Your critique partner throws your manuscript back into your face scorning 'Bah! Talking bubble heads!' and this little book will help you figure out how to weave bodily action into your dialogue to make it seem more realistic.

Now I gave this book 5-stars because it goes beyond the usual 'go back and add body movement' advice by giving you a brief primer on the five senses (plus sixth-sense if you're writing fantasy) and the three styles of learning (audio, visual and kinesthetic) and then suggesting ways you can ADD those five senses and three styles of learning into your dialogue body movements and what people notice as they do all that moving around, and it teaches ways you can do this BEFORE you even write your scene so the bodily movements / senses come out in your first draft. There were a few places this book got a little cerebral, but I left with a definite checklist I'll be filling out beforehand to enhance my writing.

P.S. - Make sure you take advantage of the free handouts the author makes available on her website. They really are quit useful and you'll be using them again.

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review 2014-11-28 14:26
Improve Your Writing Skills: Powerful Techniques Toward Mastering Writing - Cathy Wilson

Okay, there is no nice way to put this. A book about improving your writing skills really should not have errors with sentence structure, pronoun/noun agreement, and commas. Additionally, the terms theme and mode are not interchangeable. Several things described as theme are really modes.

However, the more general ideas in terms of behavior and work habits seem good – at least until discovering the author herself seemed to violate one of them on a Amazon review.

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text 2014-11-27 18:52
Do as I say, not as I do, perhaps?
Improve Your Writing Skills: Powerful Techniques Toward Mastering Writing - Cathy Wilson

Okay, there is no nice way to put this. A book about improving your writing skills really should not have errors with sentence structure, pronoun/noun agreement, and commas. Additionally, the terms theme and mode are not interchangeable. Several things described as theme are really modes.

 

However, the more general ideas in terms of behavior and work habits seem good – at least until discovering the author herself seemed to violate one of them on a Amazon review.

 

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