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Sometimes the Magic Works Paperback – 1 Sep 2003
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"A MARVELOUSLY PRAGMATIC INITIATION TO THE ART OF WRITING."
Author of "Bastard Out of Carolina
""[A] SUCCINCT AND WARMHEARTED AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEDITATION ON THE WRITING LIFE."
" "Terry Brooks is adamant about dedicating oneself to the craft, while showing awe and humility for the creative process. . . . Every serious writer should refer to this book regularly for inspiration as well as solid crafting advice."
--ELIZABETH ENGSTROM CRATTY
Director, Maui Writers Retreat
"A wise, warm-hearted book--part autobiography, part how-to-do-it manual, with some amazingly candid behind-the-scenes material . . . Fantasy fans, novice writers, and even veteran pros will learn plenty from it."
Award-winning author of
the Majipoor Chronicles
Lessons from a writing life In 1977, the NEW YORK TIMES Trade Paperback Bestseller list - back then the almost exclusive province of self-help guides - 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. In the quarter of a century since, nineteen NEW YORK TIMES bestselling novels have followed. 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. More than just a writing guide, SOMETIMES THE MAGIC WORKS is Terry Brooks' self-portrait of the artist. Here are sketches of his midwestern boyhood, when comic books, radio serials, and a vivid imagination launched a lifelong passion for weaving tales of wonder; recollections of the fateful collaboration with legendary editor Lester Del Rey - an event 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, gleaned while Brooks was writing official novels based on major movies by both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.This book offers a rare and wonderful opportunity to peer into the mind of (and learn from) one of fantasy fiction's pre-eminent magicians. See all Product description
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Terry explores the many areas of novel writing in the book, from characterisation, to dialog, to "show and tell", and provides an incredibly interesting and insightful look at both the writing and editing process. He covers all of the pitfalls of choosing to write as a career with a wealth of superb examples and anecdotes, and shares his skill and knowledge with great passion.
This is a book that will appeal not only to fans of Terry, but to anyone considering a career in writing, or interested in the creative and business sides of the profession. If you're a Terry fan, you will get to know him considerably better, and if you're an amateur writer, by the time you've read this book, you will be significantly less amateur. A great read.
I have been writing a novel now for a few years without reading a book like this. The book is Ideal for those people writing who have trouble planning and leave it open. Since reading this book I have found a real direction for my book it has helped me alot. If you have read any Terry Brooks novels then after reading this you can get a real insight into terry brookes mind and the way he writes. Fantastic book!!!!
Sometimes the Magic Works contains two parts; a memoir of Brooks' own experiences in becoming a bestselling author and the second part, giving advice to aspiring writers, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed
The autographical aspects of the novel were excellent, I particularly liked reading about Terry's love for 'make believe' when he was growing up, the challenges he faced and conquered in getting his first book published, and how amazed he was when it landed on the New York Times Trade Paperback bestseller list.
Terry also tells us of the disappointments he has faced throughout his writing career, and how a determined novelist must be prepared to go through these trials. One of my favorite parts of the book was the tales of the people who have influenced him in his career, especially the stories of the lessons he learned from his grandson Hunter.
Although I don't write myself I found the advice Terry offers to would-be writers both enlightening and enjoyable. He provides thoughtful and useful insights into the techniques he uses to write a bestselling novel, while keeping the reader entertained and amused throughout.
All through the novel I felt I could identify with Terry's love of books, and I also felt I learned more about what it takes to become a published author. At the end of the book I was left with the inspiration that if you believe in yourself and work hard enough you can accomplish anything. If you write or if you don't you will find this novel to be informative, thought provoking and entertaining.