‘The Usborne Creative Writer’s Handbook, everything you need to become a better writer’ so it says on the front. I bought this book recently when browsing in a bookshop to spend a Christmas book voucher. OK it’s a book for children, probably for 9-12 year olds if I’m any judge but I was very drawn to it for it’s simplicity, presentation and good sense. And I don’t mean that I bought it for a child , I got it for me to refer to and keep!
I suppose we all still respond to the child in us and I know I would have loved this when I was younger. And I am an ex teacher which I think makes me still alert to children and their world. Basically the book gives good advice about writing in all sorts of genres. There’s sections on generating ideas, planning, details about how to craft a story, guidance about how to write non-fiction including blogs and a final section about rules, grammar and word lists. The section on punctuation is particularly good and crystal clear. What I love about the book is that there are no wordy , over complicated explanations just lots of examples, simple ideas, all you actually need to help you, without all the crap! This book reminds me why I want to write and what a wonderful, magical activity it can be. So well done, Usborne, you’ve even inspired an older writer.