Author(s): Brigid Lowry
Being a writer is good because you get paid to write stuff up, you can stay home and work in your pajamas and you get to travel because it's research. Being a writer is bad when you're sitting all by yourself staring at a blank page. Brigid Lowry knows the highs and lows of being a writer, but she still thinks it's a joy. In this book she takes you on a journey to discover yourself and what you really want to say AND how to make it juicy and original. So, what do you need to begin? Where can you find ideas? How can you make your writing better? What can you do if you get stuck? Let Brigid inspire you to doodle, daydream and discover your creativity - then write hard and fast into the wild land of your imagination. First published 2008.
" Ages 14+ (and anyone looking for inspiration to write) " Friendly, easy-to-read text covers getting started, getting to know yourself, how to make your writing honest and original, the essential ingredients of character, plot, form, setting, point of view, dialogue, how to make your writing better, and how writing can be part of your life " Also lists helpful and interesting websites " Valuable in schools, for creative writing and poetry classes " By the author of the popular Guitar Highway Rose and Tomorrow all will be beautiful. " Themes: identity, self discovery, creativity
Shortlisted for New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Non-Fiction Award 2009 and Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Non Fiction 2009 and LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Elsie Locke Award 2009.
As useful to teachers thinking of ways to inspire young pupils as to the young people themselves. A generous and eclectic mix of stimuli, loosely collected into topics, alongside technical know-how useful to all aspiring writers, I found this fascinating to dip into and something I would definitely use in my English teaching. Books for Keeps
Brigid Lowry was born in New Zealand. She now lives there, having spent some time in Australia. In previous incarnations she has been a flower child, a waitress and a school teacher. She has published short stories and poetry as well as adult and young adult fiction. Her novel Guitar Highway Rose was shortlisted for the 1998 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for older readers. She teamed up with her son, Sam, to write Space Camp.