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Blood on the forehead : what I know about writing

by Kerr, M. E.

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3561.E643 Z464 1998
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PS3561.E643 Z464 1998
For decades, Marijane Meaker has delighted readers of all ages. She's written under the names Vin Packer, M. J. Meaker, and Mary James. But as M. E. Kerr, writer of books for young adults, she has won perhaps her greatest audience.

In Blood on the Forehead M. E. Kerr shares both the stories behind and excerpts from five of her novels and five short stories for young adults, as well as tips about what writers need to remember in order to write fiction successfully (e.g., "Courtesy #10 to extend to your reader: Cut! Cut! Cut! Your reader has a life".). With her usual mix of sparkling wit and common sense, Kerr's personal journey through the writing process is sure to buoy the spirits of any reader faced with the next writing assignment.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6-10. Chatty and practical, Kerr shows and tells where she gets her ideas for her short stories and novels. Not that she has any easy formula: as her title suggests, writing is hard and her sources are elusive. The blunt introductory essay is the best thing in the book ("Cut! Cut! Cut! Your reader has a life"). Of course, she is also encouraging, and much of her lively commentary draws on her many school visits and YA workshops. As well as a writer's guide, this is a kind of Kerr sampling of short stories and novel excerpts, with an author's note as introduction to each one, discussing how she got started and what she did with the story. For example, in one fascinating note, she talks about the people and history she drew on for Gentlehands (1978), and then she includes the first three chapters of the novel. The tone is personal, but she takes her mentor's advice: "Don't unload on me! I want a story, not a summary of your life!" (Reviewed April 1, 1998)0060279966Hazel Rochman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this writers' guide cum Kerr sampler, the award-winning author shares her expertise in crafting stories and novels. While aspiring authors eager for straightforward creative-writing lessons might be better off with the nuts-and-bolts guidance in such works as Marion Dane Bauer's What's Your Story?, Kerr's looser presentation also serves up much to stimulate discerning readers and writers. The most concrete suggestions, condensed into 10 helpful hints, are briskly spelled out in the first chapter; some are conventional ("Show your reader, don't tell him"), others reflect more personal preferences ("Be as direct as possible.... Flashbacks stop the momentum"). The rest of the book explains the genesis of specific pieces (five short stories, two novel excerpts, one segment of her autobiography, all included here). Offering few explicit rules, Kerr demonstrates how she alters and incorporates real-life events in her fiction. She also touches on current concerns like political correctness ("A writer today can become so self-conscious... that [a] game of Cowboys and Indians becomes Cowpeople and Native Americans"), confesses that she cannot begin a novel until she comes up with a title and injects a healthy dose of humor ("Cut! Cut! Cut! Your reader has a life"). Deepening readers' appreciation of Kerr's work, this volume will sharpen their approaches to their own. Ages 11-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Kerr, M. E. -- Authorship -- Juvenile literature.
Kerr, M. E. -- Authorship.
Fiction -- Authorship -- Juvenile literature.
Fiction -- Authorship.
Publisher New York :HarperCollinsPublishers,1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 262 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0060279966 :
0064462072 (pbk.)
0064407047 (pbk.)
0060273402 (lib. bdg.)
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