When I was asked by Timberdoodle to do a review for “ WORDSMITHY” I did not expect the little jewel I would indeed, receive.
I had no idea what this book would really contain and honestly, I expected a dry, boring manual on how to write books and was unsure how this would help us in our homeschool journey at all. Since the author also has a religious background I was also wondering what role it would play in his suggestions. After reading it, I am happy to share that this book is everything but boring and I recommend it for all parts of life and for all types of people, young and old, secular or religious. In fact I believe we all can walk away with some great advise from this book. So yeah, I was quite surprised to find myself reading through all the chapters from front to back in one evening !
The book starts with 7 strong tips on what you can do, how to live your life if you truly aspire to become a real writer. In each chapter afterwards the author Douglas Wilson, goes into details on how to accomplish those ideas. The tips he mentions are however very hands-on and true to life. In fact many of these I did not expect to find in this little book at all. The whole book is written in a beautiful, easy to understand and often even funny way. I could see that even teenagers or even well advanced ” tweens ” could already read this book and take away some wonderful advise… not only about writing but also about life in general…
Suggestions like ” get to know something about the world “, ” get out there, meet people, view sunsets, smell and see different parts of the world and collect real life experiences “, were in fact big reminders why we even homeschool and I loved finding it in this book.
While this book indeed does mention a lot of hands-on learning it also reminds us on the importance of books. And not only books that we read for pleasure but on occasion also books that inspire us to be better and greater writers. In fact all kinds and sorts of books. From dictionaries to biographies, novels to children and picture books and poems and writers manuals just like this one. Read from A-Z and then start over once more. Read it all ! And then, write things that stick out to you DOWN ! Keep a journal for all kinds of writing prompts and ideas.
Learn to quote people and use their wonderful words in your day-to-day talk and then writings and look up all the great recommendations of other books that Wilson points to at the end of each chapter.
I loved reading the take-aways at the end of each chapter and my own personally take away from this book is, that this book truly deserves to be in every homeschool household. If you do not think your kids are ready to read it on their own their own quite yet, just start reading it for yourself and be an early facilitator and show your children ways on how they can improve their writing !
Timberdoodle has always surprised me in the last few years of the creative choices and options that they have put into their curriculum boxes. Go check it out !