I opened the package on Christmas Day, and, staring up at me, the words on the cover of the book were written just to me, or so it seemed. It felt like my family had collectively decided to say to me, “Someday, You’ll Write!” I know that I really do write. That’s what I’m doing now. But I’d like to do more of it. I am constantly looking for new ideas. I’m ever striving to learn more about language and to add words to my vocabulary. I own over a dozen books on writing and have read many others. I added the book Someday You’ll Write by Elizabeth Yates to my Amazon wish list because it was different: I’d actually read two books by this author! I read Mountain Born in 2012 and Amos Fortune: Free Man last year. It was like getting to interview an author about a book that I loved!
Indeed, this book is more of a conversation about writing than a “how-to” book. She recommends dissecting your favorite book, noting when the setting is introduced and how, when the plot quickens, and how it is resolved. She shares her thoughts on getting ideas, keeping notes, dialog, revision and more. She tells us that all writers struggle, even the successful ones. And as a Newbery medal winner herself, she knew about success.
This book is written for the children who wrote to her asking for writing advice. That means it was definitely on my level. If you are looking for a short, interesting book on writing, then I’d like to recommend Someday You’ll Write.