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For many years, Gracie was my reluctant writer. She’s my “sandwich child” – smack dab in the middle of two children who love to use their imagination to spin tales on paper. It took many years of patience, prompting, and finding the right tools, and now she actually enjoys writing. I thought that, since this is her senior year of high school and she’s preparing to start taking some college classes soon, that Wordsmithy might be a fun tool for her to use to brush up on her writing skills and knowledge.
Douglas Wilson’s witty, poignant, and purposeful writing has generated many admirers. Wordsmithy presents seven of his “hot tips” for writing and for living a writer’s life:
- Know something about the world
- Read mechanical helps
- Be at peace with being lousy for a while
- Learn other languages
- Keep a commonplace book
Covering each piece of advice in seven steps, readers will find helpful advice on reading, writing, listening, speaking, being authentic, and generally living. Each chapter ends with a takeaway point as well as recommended reading. 120 pages, softcover.
Timberdoodle Says . . .
Hot Tips for the Writing Life
Not every child aspires to write, but every parent knows the importance of a well-turned phrase. How do you reconcile an apathetic teen and an enthusiastic parent?
No-Nonsense Suggestions for the Teen Writer
Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life is a highly entertaining guide to writing. It melds compelling lifestyle practices with decidedly palatable, assignment-free lessons, each with its own simple, effective tips. Far removed from being a prescribed list of mechanical techniques, Wordsmithy will suggest that your teen get a life, read until his brain groans, learn a foreign language, and other no-nonsense proposals.
The Best Writing Book Your Teen Will Ever Read
For the highly motivated pre-writer, each chapter also includes some semi-helpful recommended readings; choose the ones that would be the most beneficial for your teen. Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life is quite possibly the best writing book your teen will ever read.
Another outstanding component of Timberdoodle’s 2016 Eleventh-Grade Curriculum Kit!
Gracie Says . . .
Wordsmithy is extremely well written to the point where the author proves his point on how good books, articles, etc. are written by using the book itself as an example and dissecting it. The chapters are well organized along with the theories, tips, and categories, and they’re all laid out so that if someone needed to go back and look for a tip based on a certain problem they are facing in writing, they could easily find it.
Heidi Says . . .
Whether you are looking for a brush-up writing book like I was doing, or you have a reluctant writer who absolutely refuses to write, I think you’ll find Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life to fill the gap. My favorite thing about this book is that it’s written in a friendly, humorous style that meets the student where they are.
I also love the no-nonsense approach. This book tells it like it is. A writer needs to be in the world, living life, before they can actually use their experiences to write! The author also encourages writers to READ, which I think is extremely important. And, not only should they be reading books, but they should also be reading resource manuals (like dictionaries, history texts, etc.)
You may have tried all the writing curriculums out there. I get it. But, this is different. It’s not a curriclum, per se, but a supplement. I’d really encourage you to order this book, if nothing more than to just read through it yourself. It will make a great addition to your homeschool bookshelf!
Please do note that, while this book is included in the Eleventh-Grade Curriculum Kit, it is actually recommended for ages 14+, so it’s fine for any high school level student.
I have one copy of Wordsmithy to give away! If you would like to win, please simply leave me a comment telling me what most appeals to you about this book and who in your family will benefit from it the most.
I’ll select a random winner from among the comments next Tuesday, November 29th, at noon.
***This post made possible by Timberdoodle.***