Newbery Medalist Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's one hundred and more 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.