“a writer down book-worder”
Yep. That is what Miss E wanted to be when she was four years old. And books are still some of her very best friends. But, to be a “writer down book-worder”, what do you need to do? What will help you on your way?
Douglas Wilson, author of Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life, tell you just what will help you in this fascinating, funny, and filled book. Timberdoodle sent me Wordsmithy and asked me to review it. It was such a fun book to read. Non-fiction books don’t often get that moniker but this one deserves it.
Whether you are a writer working on your hundredth book or a youngster who is wanting to be a “writer down book-worder”, Wordsmithy has a ton of encouragement and practical suggestions just for you. Broken down into 7 tips that each have 7 parts, Wilson has wasted no extra words just for the sake of it. Clear, clean, and concise, you will enjoy learning about how to learn about words.
Beginning with knowing the world outside of books, Wilson encourages the hopeful author to “do”. Learn from the world around you and not just the different, exciting things but the day-to-day, as well. He encourages us to learn from books – all kinds of books, from the stuff you want to tell others about to the ones that you want to tell no one about. Read the real, the imagined, the boring, the exciting. Read the dictionaries (yes – he really said that and I totally agreed with his reasoning!) and books of quotations. Read and then read some more.
From learning another language, even if you don’t master it, to writing down things that inspire or sound fun, the tips in Wordsmithy were a major encouragement for me. And I can see how they will be of great value to students, especially ones who enjoy words of all kinds. Timberdoodle has included this book in the 11th grade curriculum kit since it is such a good instruction book. If you have a student who enjoys sounds, words, and how they all work together, this is a book for them to read. I believe that I will be having Miss E, age 12, read it this fall.
Creating a commonplace book (I didn’t even know what that was until reading this!) is now on my goals list. Simple, easy-to-incorporate ideas such as this make Wordsmithy a book that is worth your time to read and share with anyone who will have to do any writing. Even essay writers will benefit from the wisdom of Wordsmithy.
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