Title: Seize the Story
Author: Victoria Hanley
Publisher: Prufrock Press Inc.
Release Date: January 1st, 2008
Format: Paperback, 228 pages
Buy the Book: Amazon
I only have one word to describe this book: AMAZING!
Seize the story is a handbook for teens who like to write, for adults who want to write YA books, or for any other person who enjoys writing and wants to improve his/her writing skills.
At the beginning of the book the author talks about creative writing classes and why sometimes people don't like those classes. She says that people think that Writing Courses or this kind of book can kill the creativity and put everybody to write in the same way and the same topics. But that is not true, and she proved it with this marvelous book.
Seize the Story is a really easy book to read, warm, sweet, and funny. It gives you a lot of tips to improve your stories, like for example, creating characters, the name of the characters, what to do when you have a writer's block, the difference between Showing and Telling, and the different points of view that you can choose to write your story, and much more. You will have a lot of examples from books that you may know, such as Harry Potter, Twilight, and the Hunger Games, that will help you understand the topics that the author is talking about.
At the end of a topic, you will find some exercises that will help you to practice what you learned in the chapter. And don't get me wrong, this book doesn't feel like a math book or a history book with a teacher in front of a classroom. No! It gives you the idea that you're sitting with the author in a warm place, maybe a library, where you will have at hand hundreds of books to look for good examples. And you'll have interviews with different authors who will give you details and their secrets about their writing methods.
I need to say that I used to write a lot when I was younger, my own stories and my own characters and I was happy with that, to be able to be for one day, the "God" of those worlds that I created. But, I got really busy with high school, with other activities, and that kind of thing, and I stopped writing, and sometimes I miss it; to sit at the computer and to be there, hours and hours creating something unique. But the best thing, is that when I started reading this book, with all those exercises and those tips, I just wanted to sit at the computer and start writing again. I felt that the door which was keeping my imagination-creativity closed, it opened again. And the best thing is that I feel it will help me to understand better the books I read, and it will improve the reviews I write. Highly recommended.