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Writing Advice for Teens: Creating Stories

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When all you have is a blank page, it's often tough to begin writing.

Writing Advice for Teens: Creating Stories aims to help you overcome that initial hurdle by making it easy for you to write down simple, focused ideas and craft them into stories.

However, coming up with ideas is not enough. Teen writers need to understand basic story structure so they can avoid typical wr
Paperback, 174 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by CreateSpace
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Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I selected Writing Advice for Teens: Creating Stories by Mike Kalmbach out of the many books on Goodreads' First Reads list. I chose it as a possible teaching resource for junior high and high school teachers. Upon reading it, I found that it is not only a helpful guide for teen writers, but any writer that has another job or is just starting out. I learned after receiving the book, that the author is a local man from Minnesota.

I like how the book is organized, very simple and logical. It starts
Kathy Cohen
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Kalmbach has done would-be authors of any age a valuable service in writing this book. Using a breezy, conversational tone, he tells us what we need to know if we want to be writers. We need to be disciplined. We need to write, and we need to read. Feedback, no matter how critical, is essential. One of my favorite of his suggestions is this: write scenes, not prescribed numbers of words. Sounds simple enough, but it's quite a nugget.

Always encouraging and never dogmatic, Kalmbach provides n
Adam Ortyl
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I was sent a copy of this book by the author after I expressed interest in the book on Goodreads. I, myself, am a writer so I was really excited to get a look at this book! I've been writing seriously since I was about 19 and reading this book made me realise how much I could have used this when I was a teen.

The book provides writing tips on everything from writer's block and dealing with distractions, to how long your book should be and
Kayla Ashley
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this book from a first reads giveaway here on goodreads!

I was super excited to find out that I had won this book from first reads because I've never read a book quite like it before! I've always had a passion for writing and when I was in my early teens I would have a blast coming up with interesting story ideas, characters, etc. Of course, I also dreamed of becoming a published author someday. I wish I'd read this book sooner! If I'd read this in my early teens, I might have actually been
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Writing Advice for Teens ~ Creating Stories is Author Mike Kalmbach’s latest venture (or should I say adventure) into the writing realm. Creating Stories is his first book in the Writing for Teens series. So far in his young career, Kalmbach has completed one novel (working on his second), mentored new writers, has done some freelance editing, leads a writers’ group, created the Rochester Writers Collaborative and started WritAnon, an online writing community. I’m guessing ADHD may have played a ...more
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Forget the fact that this says 'teens' in the title. The writing advice given in here is really beneficial to anyone from kids, to teens, to adults.

I really wasn't planning on writing a review of this., but after reading it, I feel like I have to tell people about this. I normally don't read how-to books, but this was free, and I have been writing short stories since I was a little kid, so I though, what the heck? I'll try it.

I was surprised how full of useful information this book was. I have
Lynn Kelley
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'd recommend this for any beginning writers, from bright middle schoolers up through adults, not just teens, although the common sense advice the author offers, like goal setting, is geared specifically for teenagers. This book is easy to understand and explains the basics every good story needs. Kalmbach knows his stuff and covers pretty much all aspects of a writer's life. He walks the reader through the various steps required to complete that first short story or novel, starting with the ide ...more
C.G. Worrell
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In “Writing Advice for Teens: Creating Stories,” author Mike Kalmbach has crafted a guide chock full of humor, practical examples, and useful exercises. Its goal is to give teens the tools they need to tap into their creativity, get their ideas on paper, and flesh them out. His approach isn’t preachy or dry; it feels more like a casual, friendly conversation. There are precious few guides like this for the teen audience, so Mr. Kalmbach’s latest book represents a godsend for kids with the writin ...more
Josie  Ann
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get rid of all your writing books, because this is the only one you’ll ever need; well, this and the other books in the series! There were so many things that were touched on in this book, and it made so much sense after I read it. For example, saving your work daily, via emailing it to yourself or saving it to a flash drive as opposed to depending solely on the file saved to your computer. There were exercises, tips on battling writer’s block (yes, it does exist), and even a character sheet tha ...more
Scott Downing
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Mike Kalmbach has created an excellent blueprint for writers both young and old. No matter where you are in your writing career, beginner or published author, Mike has words of wisdom to keep you focused and on task. "The blank page is the biggest challenge that a writer faces," writes Mike in his encouraging and friendly guide. Throughout his work, Mike provides a continuous stream of useful hints and knowledge. With his insights I too have been inspired to get my writing routine off its embarr ...more
Danielle Allen
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The first book in Mike Kalmbach’s planned “Writing Advice For Teens” series is helpful, practical, and easy to read. Advice is presented in a clear and informative way, without ever talking down to the target teen audience, and still remaining light and fun so that the reader never feels bogged down.
If you are an adult writer looking for some helpful basics, don’t let the “teen” label turn you away. As a freelance writer, I found this book gave me helpful reminders while also learning new stylis
Samantha Elizabeth Diaz
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really helpful. Thanks Mike Kalmbach. I think I am on my way to becoming a great writer. I finally understand the aspects of writing and have a million ideas I can't wait to write down thanks to Mike. He gives an inside look of an authors mind and gave me the inspiration to become a better writer. Maybe one day my novel will be a best-seller around the world. I recommend this book to those who need a spark of inspiration and a guide to the real world of writers.
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing

What a great book. I am getting started writing fiction again after a 20 year hiatus, and even then I wasn't too dedicated. This book was perfect for me and where I am at.

Great advice that has helped me strengthen my last short story considerably!

Thanks! I look forward to others in the series.
Bh Larsen
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had an opportunity to preview this book. I found it to be well written, full of great information, and easy to follow. The advice which Michael Kalmbach gives teenagers is practical and he provides examples that relate to the current teenage culture. I am looking forward to giving a copy to a teenage family member who is into writing stories and poetry.
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves writing
Shelves: 2014
It was brilliant.
Mike Kalmbach - you're a genius.
You covered all of my weaknesses in this book and explained how to get over them easily.
I've become a better writer through reading it - thanks!

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Alison Kemper
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lucky me! I got to read an early version of Writing Advice for Teens. As usual, Mike Kalmbach does a fantastic job of meshing serious subject matter with just the right amount of humor. WA4T would make an excellent textbook for creative writing classes--teachers will love the easy-to-follow lessons, and students will enjoy the fun writing prompts and character worksheets.
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was very, very informational and gave great advice for teen writers. It also has exercises that help teens to practice writing.

I highly, highly recommend reading this if you are into writing and want to get tips for it.
Ann M. Noser
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Even though I'm not longer a teen, this book would've been really helpful when I began writing. It presents learning lessons in a fun way. This would be a great gift idea for the budding writer in your life.
Mike Kalmbach
Jan 24, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
New cover now available for this book!
Karen Rock
Oct 14, 2012 marked it as to-read
Looking forward to finding ways to help my students craft fiction stories
Rod Starcke
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very professionally written, up there with Stephen King's "On Writing" except this is geared for teens.
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Mike Kalmbach grew up in a forest near Lake Michigan. Spending his summers chasing wizards and battling evil ogres, Mike has always had a creative mind. He'll often share stories from his past, and some of them are even true.

After time dragged him from childhood, Mike moved into freelance editing, helping other authors improve dozens of stories. During the daylight hours, he writes software to hel

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