There are tons of amazing writing books out there if you’re an adult (more on those later), but what if you’re a kid? You’re not going to give an eight year old Stephen King’s* On Writing (unless you have a very precocious and mildly off putting eight year old). So what’s a kid to do?

Maybe it’s your son or daughter. Maybe it’s your student who writes stories behind his math textbook when he should be studying fractions. Maybe it’s YOU and you just want to read something to refresh your writing brain. Lucky you, I have some great books for the young writer in your life. Enjoy!

  • Spilling Ink – by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter

This is a guidebook for young writers, packed full of tips on finding your voice, developing plot, creating characters and even (ack!) tackling revisions.

Anne and Ellen are amazingly talented ladies, as well as incredibly generous souls who really have a handle on how to get kids in the write frame of mind (don’t hurt yourself on that pun). They also have a creativity blog to help you spark some story ideas, as well as resources to start your own Spilling Ink Writer’s Club with your students or kids. Definitely a must-read for anybody who wants to help kids get a-scribblin’.

  • Writing Magic, by Gail Carson Levine

Another amazing guidebook for young writers, by none other than Gail Carson Levine. If her name’s familiar to you, it’s because she’s an amazing author who’s work you have probably seen on the big screen. Ella Enchanted, anyone?

Here’s a little somethin-somethin you might not know about this book: it’s actually banned in some middle school districts of Illinois. Why? Because she advises writers to make their characters suffer. (I will put my pinkie toe on my soap box for a tiny moment and just say that without suffering in books, there would be some very bored and unhappy readers BUT I DIGRESS).

Point is: you don’t want to miss this book, as it’s packed full of all things Gail Carson Levine-y, including story prompts and practical advice (such as KEEP YOUR WORK). It even has a Writer’s Oath, that my 10 year old self would have scrawled out and proudly displayed at my desk. Okay, who am I kidding I have it on my desk now. Anyways.

Four words: slot machine story prompts.

Excellent for kids. Addicting for adults. Click that last link at your own risk.


* It seemed fitting here to include a note about how much Stephen King terrifies me.




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