Polly Wants to Be a Writer
The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published
Laura Michelle Thomas
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
~ I suck. I’ll never make it. I get writer’s block every ten seconds, every day, all the time. I should give up. I can’t even finish any of my own stories. I truly suck. I’m sorry for wasting your time. Maybe I’ll be a nurse like my mom or sell farm equipment like my dad. Whatever! I’m going to go home and tell Scrum I wish he was dead and get on with my life. ~ In the wake of her parents’ separation, Polly, a fifteen-year-old wannabe writer, comes face to face with her inner dragon, a truculent, impatient creature named Scrum who is a talented but frightful critic of her writing. With the help of Ms. Patience Whitford, a literary dragon trainer and leader of a global writing guild, Polly faces the almost impossible task of going beyond her good ideas to finish a publishable piece of fiction. All the while, Polly and Scrum become entangled in a dangerous scheme that threatens the future of every writer on the planet.
Unique, exciting, and informative book
This book has a bunch of helpful hints for writing. It creatively portrays the very realistic struggles young writers face. Not only that, but these lessons come across through a very engaging plot, not lacking at all in suspense and excitement. Really, imagine if the lack of attention or confidence you have ever had towards writing was actually a result of your own literary dragon (not just metaphorically, but literally). How exactly do you train that dragon? Throw in an evil villain and several astonishing revelations, and you are officially absorbed into Polly's journey. It's a journey that many writers, including me, have struggled through: managing to start and finish a first draft of a full manuscript without that dragon getting in the way.
Have you ever experienced writer's block? How about thoughts of doubt concerning any part of your story? Oh, don't worry, that's just your inner literary dragon talking!
In this novel, Laura Thomas cleverly weaves solutions to these common writing problems and more into an amusing fantasy storyline. The story centers around Polly, a teenager with aspirations to become a writer, and her struggles when her dragon Scrum suddenly tumbles out of the mirror in her bedroom. Though the novel is about Polly trying to tame Scrum, it simultaneously teaches young writers the steps of the writing process as the reader learns along with Polly. Not just an instruction manual, and not just a fantasy novel, this book combines two completely different genres into one wholly enjoyable read that I highly recommend for any person pursuing a writing career.