This might be the best book on writing I've read this year -- the tone, the style, the exercises, the topics, everything about this book was, well...magical.
Imagine getting to sit down with an author for tea and just listen and talk about the act of creating stories -- that's what reading this book is like.
Gail Carson Levine's warm, friendly tone is encouraging and honest. I really, really appreciate the openness she has about herself as a writer, the writing process, and her life experience. It made the book so much more interesting and I felt as if I was being spoken to as an equal, someone who could one day write something and get it published like she did (it took her nine years to break into the publishing world).
I had a ton of fun doing the writing exercises (all different kinds, and all intriguing -- including this start-with-a-sentence exercise: The ghost was eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. !!!), and it was so engaging (and unlike-a-textbook) that I flew through it and am considering reading it again this week.
This is a must-buy (you can buy on Amazon new or used reasonably priced) for those writers who are interested in creating a living, breathing story that speaks to the reader.
And if you haven't read Ella Enchanted or Fairest, hop over to the library and pick up a copy. Be prepared for awesome.