Dragons, writing, adventure and reading. What more could you ask for? And if you want something that combines all of these, good news: I have just the book for you.
To be perfectly honest, when I first read this book I was sceptical. I thought it would be more like a manual, or even a children’s story, told in a patronising manner. But as soon as I read the first few pages, I knew that it wasn’t like that. Hints from Ms. Whitford, one of the main characters aside from Polly and Scrum, combined with an actual story line that intrigues really keeps you interested.
Polly’s situation is a ‘real’ one – she’s 15, suffers all the usual ‘girl-trouble’ and her parents have just separated. Aside from the fact she has a smelly, grumpy dragon in her room, her thoughts are teenage too, and this means that you can connect with her. If Polly can do it, why can’t you?
The tips that are given really are worthwhile, so if you’re struggling with getting those first few words down, this book will definitely be of use! Besides that, if you are scared of your literary dragon – your inner critic, the dramatic voice that tells you you’re rubbish – this book will help you overcome your fear.
Thrown in at the deep end with a dragon is probably not how you would want it to be done, but /Polly/ really helps you through this quickly. This book can’t be read in one sitting, and that means that you can figure out your literary dragon’s story along with Polly living though her own.
Laura’s writing style is gentle but firm; a no-nonsense technique which, combined with Scrum’s sassiness and the tips she gives, gently pats it into your head, as opposed to some of the other writing manuals that attempt to drum it in. Overall, it’s rather effective!
By the end of the book, you find yourself with a lot more confidence than when you went in, and Laura leaves the perfect story challenge at the end for you to get stuck into, which you can then send in to LTC for a potential publication on the site. Or perhaps you’ll have an idea two in your head about your next story. Whatever you have when you finish, you’ll feel a lot better about it.
Don’t believe me? Get the book and see for yourself!