Seize the Story
Before reading this book, I knew that Victoria Hanley was an excellent writer. Her first book, The Seer and the Sword, has been one of my favorites for years. Seize the Story
is a great store of knowledge that showed me exactly how she got there.
Any teen--or young adult, for that matter--who has ever had any
aspirations to write a novel, curiosity about how authors do it, or a
mere passing fancy that you may at some point wish to create art of
your own should read this book. It was altogether enlightening,
educational, and very, very valuable to the writer within me.
goes into very great detail about ten important topics writers deal
with, and informs the reader in an easy-to-understand, fun way how to
go about correcting your mistakes or beginning fresh with each topic.
Her book is fraught with writing exercises that will stretch your
imagination and make your writing that much stronger.
I take my
writing very seriously, but before I read this book I hadn't realized
how many different ways there are to improve my own writing, in the
simplest ways. In this book, Hanley spills all the secrets using real
excerpts from novels and stories that you may have read, and gives
examples on how it is done wrong as well as right. Things you thought
your English teacher had taught you, you will read about here and
realize that there is so much more to it.
But throughout the
book, one thing is emphasized beyond anything else: Your writing is
yours, and your style is yours. Every author is different.