When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Writer
By Cynthia MacGregor
Read How You Want, (2011)
EasyRead Large Print, in 16 Point Font
(Originally Published in Standard Print by Lobster Press)
Genre: Children's NonFiction, Self-Help
Reviewed by Anna Dogole - August 10, 2011
"When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Writer." Congratulations, you've picked an honored profession, or should I say, vocation. Writing is a vocation that can provide you with a great deal of satisfaction, at times public acclaim, and hopefully, sufficient remuneration to allow you to pursue your vocation full time. Now that you know what you want to do when you grow up, how do you actually go about becoming a writer. The answer is simple, all you need to do is write. If at all possible, write every day. It doesn't matter what you write about, just write until writing becomes part of your life, until you feel as if you are missing something if you don't get the chance to write. At that point, you are a real writer, no matter your age or whether or not your work has yet to be published.
Ok, so now that you know what it takes to become a writer, the question becomes, "What does it take to learn how to write?" This question is admirably answered in Cynthia MacGregor's book, When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Writer. A writing teacher with more than 30 published books to her credit, MacGregor did young writers a great service by writing this book. Although written for young people, the advice that MacGregor offers in this book is suited for novice writers of any age. Within the pages of this handy book, you will not only learn the basic techniques of writing, but also a little bit about the various types of writing that you can pursue. For many people, when they think of a writer, they think of someone who works in the field of journalism or who writes novels or short stories. However, there are many other forms of writing that you can follow, from writing slogans or music lyrics to technical writing to writing advertisements. All these, and many other forms of writing are covered in this marvelous book.
The material in this book is divided into two main sections, one section dealing with the basic techniques associated with all forms of writing, from how to 'show' rather than 'tell' and the reason why you should always try to avoid using clichés. The second section of this book deals with the often overlooked forms of writing that may be of interest to you, both as an outlet for your creative abilities and as a potential career path.
Each chapter in this book ends with a writing assignment. These assignments serve to jump-start your writing endeavors, while at the same time giving you a chance to hone your writing techniques or to try your hand at writing within the various writing sub-genres discussed in this book, such as slogan or greeting card writing. Also, if after working through this book, or later in life, you decide you don't want to pursue a career in writing, you can apply the skills that you learn in this book to all aspects of your life or any field of endeavor that you choose to make your life's work. If you are interested in becoming a writer, read this book, do the exercises, and have fun! I highly recommend When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Writer for any would-be writer out there, no matter what your age.