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Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth

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Write fearlessly. Write what is true and real to you.

In this guided journal, #1 New York Times bestselling author Angie Thomas shares advice and best practices for developing a true-to-you writing project. This book is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 7 to 8, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

Includes step-by-step craft tips, writing prompts, and exercises for:

Discovering story ideas
Creating memorable characters
Realizing your setting
Shaping your story
Writing your “zero draft”
And more! 

With 24 illustrated inspirational quotes from Angie’s acclaimed novels The Hate U Give and On the Come Up, and plenty of blank pages for your own words, Find Your Voice will ignite your creativity and help you bring your own unique stories to life.

192 pages, Paperback

First published March 3, 2020

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Angie Thomas

22 books21.5k followers
Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Meyers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was acquired by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in a 13-house auction and will be published in spring 2017. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg set to star.

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172 reviews43 followers
Shelved as 'never-finished'
May 16, 2020
“Being brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you are scared.”

Find your Voice by Angie Thomas had all the thorough details one needs to start their writing journey. We all have a story within us that needs to be told, and this book does just that to help us come out. With strong heartfelt couch-like words and empty pages to share your own side of the story, this book is super helpful that teaches you to reach your desired writing goal. Want to write your own book? Just get yourself a copy of this and get started already!
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671 reviews86 followers
December 22, 2020
This is what happens when a pep talk, some solid but basic craft advice, beautiful interior design, and a journal have a love child. Angie Thomas provides a great how-to for writers who have nothing more than spunk and a spark. The advice was pretty basic, so seasoned or older writers might not enjoy this as much, but I highly recommend this book for anyone new(ish) to the writing craft looking for a place to start turning their dream book into a real manuscript.
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Author 1 book66 followers
April 24, 2020
Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal For Writing Your Truth by Angie Thomas is a must own book for every writer, old and new. This is the kind of book that I will find myself referencing and flipping through from time to time. Its like a training wheel when you first started biking as it will slowly guide you until you can take it off and ride on your own.

This journal covers almost everything every writer needs to know while working on their stories. A step by step process of an idea to outlining then onto writing and with a first draft that will result to rewriting and revising. You will also be put into scenarios and finding in depth about your characters with blank pages for you to fill. And finally to producing a polished story that may just be the best version it can be.

This book has motivated me to start fighting for my dream again and that is to just write. I realised that even though I don't have a published work yet, I write stories and poetry so therefore that makes me a writer. A writer with unfulfilled dreams and hopes but is still very much a writer who will pave on her own rocky path until she reaches her destination.

This book is amazing and unique with beautiful illustrations of quotes from Thomas' books. The main thing is to just brainstorm your ideas and write with your entire heart's content because the world needs it as much as you do. You can do this and you've got this because nothing is impossible and that the sky is the limit.
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44 reviews2 followers
March 16, 2020
This review will be biased, I admit that.
This is a helpful writing guide to help your WRITING, this is NOT a novel. I've had the pleasure of spending time with Angie Thomas a few times (I told you this was biased) and the language she uses here is what she would say if speaking to you face to face. I have heard her speak to students in large and smaller settings, and her message/language has been the same (See the section on zero/first draft) every time.
And now, she wants to pass her writing process thoughts/ideas/instruction to future writers to help them better their writing skills. I am not a writer but liked the exercises about getting more out of your characters and their surroundings and feel this journal would help future writers develop their craft.
September 30, 2020
This was ok, I guess fans of Angie Thomas might like it even more. It had good advice, but it was all a bit shallow. It lacked substance and maybe more of a method. But the exercices were interesting enough.
I would recommend it for novice writers, and YA fans.
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136 reviews2 followers
June 19, 2020
For fans of The Hate You Give and Us on the Come Up, this guided journal also by Angie Thomas includes 24 illustrated and inspirational quotes from both acclaimed novels, and plenty of blank pages for your own words. In addition to leading readers to write fearlesslessly--which I absolutely love!--this journal also aims to inspire anyone who harbors a desire for the writing life--also absolutely love! With advice and doable tips for developing a true-to-you writing project. This book is perfect for the times, helping readers ages 11 and up but with crossover appeal for younger and adult audiences. Offering a way to explore deep emotions, while also providing a way for creative minds to channel their emotions and experiences into a story--whether they ever share the story or not. Includes step-by-step craft tips, writing prompts, and exercises for: Discovering Story Ideas, Creating Memorable Characters, Realizing Your Setting, Shaping Your Story, and Writing Your “Zero Draft." Also makes a perfect gift for ANYONE, ANY AGE, who are fans of Angie Thomas and her excellent books, The Hate You Give and ​Us on the Come Up.
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342 reviews4 followers
September 1, 2020
A writing journal from one of my favourite authors? Count me in!

This journal is a fountain of knowledge about the craft of writing, and how it is a matter of perseverance and time that will make story grow. After reading through the different elements and suggestions woven throughout the journal, I couldn’t stop myself from envisioning all the different ways I could integrate some of the prompts into creative writing challenges for my students.

The layout of the journal was well-spaced out. There was enough space to engage with the prompts – unless you have gigantic handwriting (like I do!), then you might need extra paper. I also loved the digital illustrations of different quotes from her two novels, The Hate U Give and On the Come Up.

This is definitely the perfect gift for any budding writers in your life!

Thank you @walkerbooksaus for gifting me a copy to read and review!
53 reviews1 follower
December 17, 2020
I love this as a book for young writers! It has great, clear instructions; it's down to earth; and it's hilarious! If I were teaching creative writing, I'd be ordering this book for all my students. It's definitely one I'd share with a student who was wanting to get better at writing, or who wanted to start the long path of honing the art of taking ideas and getting them down on the page!
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234 reviews17 followers
March 8, 2021
This was a great journal to work through, but some of its pages were just too short. They didn't give me enough pages to really write down all of my thoughts. That might be a personal issue, but I really did like this.
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87 reviews
March 4, 2020
I didn’t think I was going to like this book as much as I did. I can’t wait to apply her exercises, and dramatically build my story.
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131 reviews
April 21, 2020
Interactive journal
Reading, writing, thinking, creating
Not a quick read at all. Takes time to create and Angie Thomas takes through each step.
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1,049 reviews77 followers
November 21, 2020
I really like how this journal is set up to help young people tell their own stories, and I hope to give it as a gift to young people interested in writing.
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27 reviews
February 15, 2021
For an impulse buy I honestly didn't think I would find it so interesting and informative.
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July 24, 2022
Started this book in the hopes of getting a more direct continuation of the first book in the series, and although it does take place in the same neighborhood, the characters it follows bring a different view of it, both because they are associated with the opposite gang as the one mentioned on the first book, and because the aspirations and goals in this book are different. Once this has been digested, the book brings a nice contrast to the first book, and the story is easy to enjoy.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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90 reviews58 followers
January 1, 2023
I would buy this for every creative writing student I have.
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