Sometimes the Magic Works

Sometimes the Magic Works

Lessons From A Writing Life

Book - 2003
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In 1977, theNew York TimesTrade Paperback Bestseller list--back then the exclusive province of self-help guides, cartoon collections, and any number of cat books--played host to its very first work of fiction:The Sword of Shannara, an epic quest through a mythical land, by first-time author Terry Brooks. NineteenNew York Timesbestselling novels later, it would be easy enough to just say: ". . . and the rest is history." But when it comes to quests, everyone knows that getting there is half the fun. Now, Terry Brooks tells the story of how he got there--from beginner to bestselling author--and shares his secrets for creating unusual, memorable fiction. Writing is writing, whether one's setting is a magical universe or a suburban backyard. Spanning topics from the importance of daydreaming to the necessity of writing an outline, from the fine art ofshowinginstead of merelytellingto creating believable characters who make readers care what happens to them, Brooks draws upon his own experiences, hard lessons learned, and delightful discoveries made in creating the beloved Shannara and Magic Kingdom of Landover series, The Word and The Void trilogy, and the bestsellingStar WarsnovelThe Phantom Menace. In addition to being a writing guide,Sometimes the Magic Worksis Terry Brooks's self-portrait of the artist. Here are sketches of his midwestern boyhood, when comic books, radio serials, and a vivid imagination launched a life long passion for weaving tales of wonder; recollections of the fateful collaboration with legendary editor Lester del Rey that changed not only the author's life but the course of publishing history; and an eye-opening look at the ups and downs of dealing with Hollywood, as a writer of official novels based on major movies by both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. "If you don't think there is magic in writing, you probably won't write anything magical," says Terry Brooks. This book offers a rare and wonderful opportunity to peer into the mind of (and learn a trick or two from) one of fantasy fiction's preeminent magicians.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2003.
ISBN: 9780345458285
Branch Call Number: 921 B8733
Characteristics: ix, 197 p.


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Jul 04, 2015

I liked this book; it was easy to read and gave helpful advice based on personal experience.

Jul 17, 2012

This was a good book. Not a great book though, not one I'd want to run out and buy a copy of. Part biography and part instruction manual, there was a good mix of anecdotes and writing suggestions.

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