- Hardcover: 168 pages
- Age Range: 8 years and up
- 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 (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly! Hardcover – 16 Oct 2006
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"Writing Magic is a great introduction to writing for children. The "voice" is upbeat and not condescending. It is clearly written, and includes examples when they are needed. As far as I know, there is nothing else like this available."--Harold Underdown
"A veritable treasure trove of advice and guidance for writers across a range of ages."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"What comes through on every page is Levine's passion for craft. Aspiring writers of all ages can dip in and out of this book, which has the clarity and sparseness of Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird."--Publishers Weekly
"Levine is a friendly mentor in these pages."--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Writing Magic is a great introduction to writing for children. The voice is upbeat and not condescending. It is clearly written, and includes examples when they are needed. As far as I know, there is nothing else like this available. --Harold Underdown"
A veritable treasure trove of advice and guidance for writers across a range of ages. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"
What comes through on every page is Levine s passion for craft. Aspiring writers of all ages can dip in and out of this book, which has the clarity and sparseness of Anne Lamott s Bird by Bird. --Publishers Weekly"
Levine is a friendly mentor in these pages. --Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)"
From the Back Cover
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."See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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 =]