Seize the Story

Seize the Story

A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Offers advice to teenaged authors on the techniques of orginating, developing, and editing fiction; profiles successful teen authors; and answers common questions about the writing process.

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This guide for teens is written in an encouraging, sympathetic, inspirational tone. The book's b&w layout has been made visually appealing for teens with chapter-opening fantasy illustrations and quotations from famous authors and others, plus frequent headings, tip boxes, brief exercise suggestions, and many examples from the work of published YA writers. Coverage encompasses voice and style, creating characters, setting, dialogue, plot, point of view, and getting past writer's block. The book includes one-page interviews with 19 YA authors, plus a section in which this book's author answers questions about her writing process. Hanley has written YA novels. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Do you wish you had a published writer's secrets at your fingertips, ready to help you achieve your goals of publication, success, and the chance to be the next great teen writer? In Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write, Victoria Hanley, award-winning author of young adult fiction, spills the secrets for bringing action, adventure, humor, and drama to stories. All of the elements of fiction, from creating believable dialogue to exciting plots, are laid out clearly and illustrated with examples taken straight from story excerpts by excellent writers. The book is packed with writing exercises designed to encourage teens to tell the stories that are theirs alone.

In addition, other published authors of young adult literature share their insights about the writing life. Teens can gain firsthand advice from accomplished writers T. A. Barron, Joan Bauer, Hilari Bell, Chris Crutcher, David Lubar, Lauren Myracle, Todd Mitchell, Nancy Garden, and many more.

Publisher: [ Fort Collins, Colo.] : Cottonwood Press c2008
ISBN: 9781877673818
Branch Call Number: 808.02 H194s
Characteristics: 213 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Apr 28, 2015

Excellent guide.

lakevilla_IDOL Jul 05, 2014

This book is extremely helpful for teens who like tho write stories. It shows you how to set up a plot, make great characters and is very good.

ChristchurchLib Nov 18, 2012

I was thrilled to discover this book at the library. I love to write stories, and am always looking out for writing books - especially ones written for teens, although they are rather hard to come by.

Seize the Story by Victoria Hanley is a guide to writing structured stories which include all of the necessary elements required to create a great read. Each chapter is dedicated to a different element; for example, Creating Characters, Writing Dialogue and Polishing Your Writing. The chapters are packed with fun exercises, new ideas, tricks and tips. Very short pieces of prose are used as examples.

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