Dear Ally, how do you write a book?
by Ally Carter
Our Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 out of 5 stars)
Reviewed by: Melody Smith
Oklahoma born and raised Ally Carter is an author of many books for adults and young adults alike. Her works and fame have brought her many questions over the years from aspiring writers and dreamers about how to write a book, and according to her it is not as easy as authors make it look. Carter discusses every step of the process from brainstorming an idea to finding the right publisher for you and your story. She writes about writing in such a humorous and entertaining way that even readers who typically prefer to read fiction will enjoy reading about the craft.
This book is great for anyone who has ideas crowding their head and would love turn these ideas into stories, but just don’t know how. The author leads you into creating an imaginative and inspiring mindset for yourself with prompted exercises. She also resorts to using popular books like Harry Potter as an example for plot and character development, because most people already know what happens and how it is pieced together. It is in this way that she builds a nice connection between an already written book and one yet to be written. Authors, as she makes very clear in this book, are just people who started out with a blank page and ideas itching to be developed.
I recommend this book to someone who wants to start writing, but doesn’t know where to start. I also recommend this book to those who have been writing for years and need to brush up on their knowledge, or who just like to learn new ways to develop a story.