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Hope in the mail : reflections on writing and life / Wendelin Van Draanen.

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Sage Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Baker County Library District. (Show)
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Summary:

"Wendelin Van Draanen didn't grow up wanting to be a writer, but thirty books later, she's convinced that writing saved her life or at least saved her from a life of bitterness and despair. Writing helped her sort out what she thought and felt and wanted. And digging deep into fictional characters helped her understand the real people in her life better as well. Wendelin shares what she's learned--about writing, life, and what it takes to live the writing life. This book is packed with practical advice on the craft: about how to create characters and plot a story that's exciting to read. But maybe even more helpful is the insight she provides into the persistence, and perseverance, it takes to live a productive, creative life. And she answers the age-old question Where do you get your ideas? by revealing how events in her own life became the seeds of her best-loved novels." --Provided by publisher.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Baker County Library 808.02 .V363h 2020 (Text) 37814003325207 YOUNG ADULT - NEW Book System_Only_3months 06/02/2021 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781984894663
  • ISBN: 1984894668
  • ISBN: 9781984894670
  • ISBN: 1984894676
  • Physical Description: 284 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC, 2020.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Your vault: Writer's gold -- Out of the ashes -- Putting hope in the mail -- Today could be the day -- Defining moments -- Patching bullet holes -- Shifting gears -- Writing : Finding your voice -- Fundamentals -- Characters around you -- Growing pains -- Knock-knock -- Backstory -- Trees and rocks -- Villians -- Setting -- Pet pigs and other distractions -- Beginning with the ending -- Infamous sagging middle -- Theme -- Hidden architecture -- Dialogue -- Writing chops -- Being a writer : Becoming a finisher -- Revision as archenemy -- Revise, rise, repeat -- Writer's block -- Little about research -- Special cases: Mysteries -- Series is born -- World-building -- Chapter books -- Sequels -- Seeds and sprouts: Origin stories -- Boy scout vs. hoodlum -- Flipped -- Breakfast in Birmingham -- Swear to Howdy -- Starting line -- Running Dream -- Memory camp -- Secret Life of Lincoln Jones -- Bridge out -- Wild Bird -- VI-Peek behind the curtain : Because you asked -- Publishing limbo -- Day I met my editor -- Sequel about a sequel -- First arrival -- Editors -- Agents -- Copy editors -- Book covers and illustrations -- Basic finance -- Traditional publishing -- Final thoughts: Dodging death -- Be the oxygen.
Summary, etc.:
"Wendelin Van Draanen didn't grow up wanting to be a writer, but thirty books later, she's convinced that writing saved her life or at least saved her from a life of bitterness and despair. Writing helped her sort out what she thought and felt and wanted. And digging deep into fictional characters helped her understand the real people in her life better as well. Wendelin shares what she's learned--about writing, life, and what it takes to live the writing life. This book is packed with practical advice on the craft: about how to create characters and plot a story that's exciting to read. But maybe even more helpful is the insight she provides into the persistence, and perseverance, it takes to live a productive, creative life. And she answers the age-old question Where do you get your ideas? by revealing how events in her own life became the seeds of her best-loved novels." --Provided by publisher.
Subject: Van Draanen, Wendelin > Juvenile literature.
Authorship > Juvenile literature.
Creative writing > Juvenile literature.
Women authors > Juvenile literature.
Fiction writing > Juvenile literature.
Creativity > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Biographies.
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