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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Childrens Book Group (16 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060519614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060519612
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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HardCover. Pub Date: 2006 Pages: 176 in Publisher: Collins Do you want to write stories that catch your readers and never let go Have you ever wondered how to create a book as magical as Ella Enchanted as touching as Dave at Night . as captivating as Fairest Well. now you can find out! In Writing Magic. Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine shares her secrets of great writing. She shows how you. too. can get terrific ideas for stories. invent great beginnings and endings. write sparkling dialogue. develop memorable characters-and much. much more. She advises you about what to do when you feel stuck-and how to use helpful criticism. Best of all. she offers writing exercises that will set your imagination on fire. With humor. honesty. and wisdom. Gail Carson Levine shows you that you. too. can make magic with your writing.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
Although WRITING MAGIC is geared towards young adults, this is the perfect helper for anyone who has ever wanted to write a book. Creating stories is hard work. It takes practice, discipline, and dedication. It would be nice to think that writing a book simply means sitting down and typing up words, but, alas, it really doesn't work that way. Thankfully, though, we have Gail Carson Levine, Newbery Honor author of some of my favorite books (ELLA ENCHANTED, THE TWO PRINCESSES OF BAMARRE, and the upcoming FAIREST, to name a few) who has taken the time to put together

WRITING MAGIC. Filled with tons of wonderful tips about becoming a great writer who creates even greater stories, there are also writing exercises to get those creative juices flowing.

The book is broken down into five sections, with several categories in each:

Section one is entitled Liftoff, which includes A Running Start, Why I Wrote This Book, Shut Up!, Eureka!, Getting into It, and Noticing.

Section two, Heart and Guts, includes The Nitty-Gritty, The Kiss of Life, Character Helper, Suffer!, Talking, Back to Beginnings, Where Am I?, Who Am I?, Voice, and Happily Ever After--Or Not.

Section three, Plowing Through, includes Stuck!, The Operating Room, and Writers' Groups and Other Helpers.

Section four, Digging Deeper, includes Show and Tell, Abracadabra!, I'd Recognize Her with My Eyes Closed, Speaking Body Language, Method Writing, Writing Funy/Writing Punny, The Right Moniker, and Fiddling with Fairy Tales.

The final section, called Writing Forever, includes Writing for Your Spirit, Putting Your Words Out There, and Exeunt Writing.

I loved the writing exercises included in WRITING MAGIC.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola on 29 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I was initially apprehensive about purchasing this book, as some reviews I had read said that it was aimed for younger writers, but when I began to read, I found that it was well worth the money.
I am an aspiring writer, and have written two novels. Though I am under the age of 18, I read a lot more advanced novels and writings, so I worried that it would be too young and simplistic for me...
But I was wrong. Though it is suitable for some younger writers, I found the informal, yet highly practical advice that Carson Levine offered was really useful. I finished the book inspired, and put it, not on the bookshelf, but on my desk, ready for easy reference.
The only bad thing about this book was the examples she gave for the reader to use were very young based. For me, a fantasy writer, I found story beginnings like: Megan is off to camp, and has a great boyfriend and plans for summer, write what happens, to be honest, disappointing and uninspiring, but overall, the advice she gave in the book was fantastic, and worth every penny, easily cancelling out the unfortunate examples.
So yes, any writer should definitely purchase this, it's really helpful =]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor N Teather on 20 Oct. 2012
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The other reviews have commented on how good this product is for younger writers. In fact, it is better written and layed out than plenty of books for adults I have seen. Each chapter has enough information to be useful without overloading the reader and it isn't written as a huge chunk of text (which was a huge relief).

This book includes writing exercises and extracts from other books to back up her points, but in my opinion the best thing is her character helper. This is a seriesd of questions you have to answer about your character, including more obvioous ones like name, age and gender, but also Describe his/her room. My initial reaction was confusion, but this has turned out to be the best part of the book, because your characters really come alive, which helps create a plot as well. So if you are having trouble creating realistic, interesting characters with depth, it is worth buying this book just for that section.

In fact, there is absolutely nothing bad about this book. It has a friendly tone of voice and is incredibly useful. Truely fantastic.
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By Tanyaann on 22 Feb. 2013
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Written for children, but not so bad for the grownups. Easy reminders of important topics. Good writting exercises to get started.
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By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
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Although WRITING MAGIC is geared towards young adults, this is the perfect helper for anyone who has ever wanted to write a book. Creating stories is hard work. It takes practice, discipline, and dedication. It would be nice to think that writing a book simply means sitting down and typing up words, but, alas, it really doesn't work that way. Thankfully, though, we have Gail Carson Levine, Newbery Honor author of some of my favorite books (Ella Enchanted (Trophy Newbery), The Two Princesses of Bamarre, and the upcoming Fairest, to name a few) who has taken the time to put together WRITING MAGIC. Filled with tons of wonderful tips about becoming a great writer who creates even greater stories, there are also writing exercises to get those creative juices flowing.

The book is broken down into five sections, with several categories in each:

Section one is entitled Liftoff, which includes A Running Start, Why I Wrote This Book, Shut Up!, Eureka!, Getting into It, and Noticing.

Section two, Heart and Guts, includes The Nitty-Gritty, The Kiss of Life, Character Helper, Suffer!, Talking, Back to Beginnings, Where Am I?, Who Am I?, Voice, and Happily Ever After--Or Not.

Section three, Plowing Through, includes Stuck!, The Operating Room, and Writers' Groups and Other Helpers.

Section four, Digging Deeper, includes Show and Tell, Abracadabra!, I'd Recognize Her with My Eyes Closed, Speaking Body Language, Method Writing, Writing Funy/Writing Punny, The Right Moniker, and Fiddling with Fairy Tales.

The final section, called Writing Forever, includes Writing for Your Spirit, Putting Your Words Out There, and Exeunt Writing.

I loved the writing exercises included in WRITING MAGIC. From the simple (writing brief character descriptions) to the more advanced (writing convincing dialogue), this book is a great tool for anyone. If you've ever wondered how to get started writing a story, ever questioned how to get that great book idea down on paper, this is the guide for you. Pick up a copy of WRITING MAGIC, try the exercises, take Ms. Levine's words to heart, and you're guaranteed to write anything--story, e-mail message, diary entry--with an easier flow and style.
55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Not only a compelling read but fantastic writing advice 10 Nov. 2006
By Cynthia Farr-weinfeld - Published on Amazon.com
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Writing Magic is so wonderful--I think it's right up there with Stephen King's On Writing: A memoir of the Craft, which was so helpful to my own writing. I tore through every page of Writing Magic, and I don't think anyone should let the fact that it was written by a YA author or FOR that particular audience stop you from reading it to help your own writing immediately! Gail Carson Levine gives great, usable advice and has filled each chapter with exercises to improve your craft. Like all of her other fiction, it's a well-written, page-turner! Thank you Ms. Levine, for a true gem of a book!
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Improve your writing skills 7 July 2007
By BlueOwl - Published on Amazon.com
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I am 12 years old. My dad bought this book for me. He thought I should write a review on this book. My opinion is: If you think you're horrible at writing, you might want to and should use this book. If you think you're great at writing, use this anyway to get better with writing. This book has good tips for writing better, writing better stories, and getting great ideas for better stories. The author has tips for writing good dialogue, making up unforgettable characters and more. But if you are looking for something interesting to read (like ficitions) find something else. This book can also help you with writing emails, essays, letters, and greeting cards. Reviewed by PJ.
64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Best book on writing, ever 4 Nov. 2006
By WW@HistoryReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm an old kind of guy who came to writing late. I have read a number of books on writing including those by E.M.Forster and Marten Manser. This surpasses them for simplicity, usefulness and directness (if there is such a word. Highly recommended.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Wow! What a difference in my son's writing!! 14 Dec. 2007
By Vanessa Cazares - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just looked over my son's writing assignments from the past 3 months - everything from 'Writing Magic' is lush, engaging and interesting!!! And loooong - sometimes several pages (this from 9 year old who says he hates to write!!!)

We have at least 3 other programs (IEW, Writing Strands, k12) that we use - but this little book has really opened him up to writing - and at less than $10.00 dollars - you just cannot go wrong!!

A grateful homeschooling mom
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