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How I Came to be a Writer

How I Came to be a Writer

Newbery Medalist Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s one hundred and forty books are true to life, funny, and, most of all, well written — you’d think that she doesn’t have to work at writing at all. But that’s not true. How I Came to Be a Writer is the story of one author’s beginnings — successes and failures, reviews and rejection slips — things that mark the stages of a writer’s life. Illustrated with photographs, and including samples of her earlier writing, this book will show you the inner workings of the writing process, from the spark of an idea to a book’s actual publication.

This classic writer’s memoir has been revised and updated to include material on the writing of the Newbery-winning Shiloh and its two sequels.

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