Just Write: Here's How!

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Harper Collins, Apr 24, 2012 - Young Adult Nonfiction - 176 pages

After writing more than one hundred books, it still amazes me that I have been lucky enough to spend most of my life doing what I truly love: writing.

What makes a writer? The desire to tell a story, a love of language, an eye for detail, practice, practice, practice. How well should you know your characters? Do you need to outline before you write? How important is length? Now Walter Dean Myers, the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, walks you through the writing process.


  • Examples from his writing and reading experiences
  • Walter's six-box and four-box outlines for writing fiction and nonfiction
  • Excerpted pages from Walter's own notebooks
  • An afterword by Ross Workman, Walter's teen coauthor of kick
  • Writing tips from both Walter and Ross

Anyone can be a writer, with a little help from Walter Dean Myers!


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One of America's most accomplished authors shares his experiences, and excellent insights and advice on the art and craft of writing that young people (and adults, too) will find invaluable. Read full review


Why Im a Writer
Roll Up Your Sleeves
Something Old Something New Something Borrowed Something Blue
Hello Voices in My Head
Map It
Lights Camera Action
Nice to Meet
Whats Going
Check It
Leave Your Ego at the Door
Hey Get Back Here
Theres Room on This Page for the Both of
Pick Yourself Up Dust Yourself
Writing Is Good for
Who Are You?

Wheres the Fire?
Whats It to You?
Get It Together
So What Are You Going to Do About
Then What Happened?
For Real?
Now Youre a Writer by Ross Workman
Top Ten Writing Tips from Walter Dean Myers
Five Writing Tips from Ross Workman
Suggestions for Further Reading
Meet the Author

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About the author (2012)

Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.