ERIC Number: ED124994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Writing Juvenile Stories and Novels: How to Write and Sell Fiction for Young People.
Whitney, Phyllis A.
Phyllis Whitney, author of more than 30 juvenile novels and 20 adult novels, offers specific advice to aspiring writers on how to write, and sell, fiction for young people. Telling a good story, entertaining the reader, is the most important factor in each of the four divisions of children's books. These divisions can be structured roughly according to age groups: two to six, picture books; six to eight, easy books; eight to twelve, children's novels; and twelve and up, young adult novels. The necessity of disciplined working habits, the desire to be a writer of children's books, and the ability to persist in the face of rejection slips are stressed. The chapters cover such subjects as getting story ideas, the interrelationship of characterization and plot, beginnings and endings, emotion and immediacy, and first drafts and revisions. Examples are frequently taken from the author's own works. Special categories of juvenile fiction, such as fantasy, mystery, animal stories, modern American stories, science fiction, ethnic novels, and historical fiction, are considered in relation to juvenile interests. Suggestions are given for keeping notebooks on works-in-progress and for marketing manuscripts. (MKM)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Books, Characterization, Childrens Literature, Creative Writing, Dialogs (Literary), Fiction, Literary Devices, Literary Genres, Novels, Reading Interests, Short Stories, Writing (Composition), Writing Skills
The Writer, Inc., Publishers, 8 Arlington St. Boston, Massachusetts 02116 ($7.95 cloth)
Publication Type: Books
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