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Book Title: Take Joy: A Book for Writers|
The author of the book: Jane Yolen
Date of issue: March 1st 2003
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ISBN 13: 9780871161949
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This is about writing. And writing well. As it covers a lot of aspects of the craft, and as I have done more reading than writing, this was an eye-opener for me. The author is an accomplished writer herself, having successfully published a lot of prose and poetry, yet she did not fail to go beyond her own experience in writing. She did not fail to research (yes, serious writing involves a lot of research, apart from those you can get from your own imagination, observation or recollection) on what other writers say about writing. Especially writing well.
She discusses practically all things: style, points of view, plot, the "many voices" of written works, the seemingly endless rejection slips, getting published, and so many others, including the importance of a book's beginning and ending. Obviously, she practices what she preaches. This, for example, is her starting paragraph:
"There are writers who believe that writing is agony, and that's the best anyone can say of it. Gene Fowler's famous words are quoted all the time: 'Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.' Or Red Smith's infamous screed: 'There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.'"
Then she ends this book with this:
"It's your turn to write your own alphabet. Like writing any story, you may be surprised at what you find there. You might also be illuminated, changed, and charged by what you discover. We write not just to show off, not just to tell, or only to have written.
"We write to know ourselves."
Now, tell me if you do not feel the urge to read this book.
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Read information about the authorJane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Born and raised in New York City, the mother of three and the grandmother of six, Yolen lives in Massachusetts and St. Andrews, Scotland.
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