Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly

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Harper Collins, Sep 19, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 176 pages

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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I purchased this for my son (10) to use in our homeschool curriculum this year. As a writer, I understand the need to build the foundations early, and this guide offers that in a fun, witty, yet easy ... Read full review

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Each chapter of Levin's book either takes aim at many frustrations that stall the writing process or suggests new ways to transfer our feeling to paper and ultimately to our audience. Throughout the ... Read full review

Contents

A Running Start
3
Why I Wrote This Book
7
Shut Up
10
Eureka
14
Getting into It
19
Noticing
23
Heart and Guts
29
The Nittygritty
31
The Operating Room
90
Writers Groups and Other Helpers
96
Digging Deeper
103
Show and Tell
105
Abracadabra
115
Id Recognize Her with My Eyes Closed
119
Speaking Body Language
123
Method Writing
128

The Kiss of Life
35
Character Helper
39
Suffer
46
Talking
51
Back to Beginnings
57
Where Am I?
61
Who Am I?
65
Voice
71
Happily Ever Afteror
77
Stuck
85
Writing Funny Writing Punny
131
The Right Moniker
137
Fiddling with Fairy Tales
141
Writing Forever
145
Writing for Your Spirit
147
Putting Your Words Out There
151
Exeunt Writing
157
Index
162
About the Author
168
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Gail Carson Levine thinks she can write poetry. Forgive her; the doctors say she’ll be sane again soon. She was born in New York City and shares a birthday with William Carlos Williams. Her first book for children, Ella Enchanted, won a Newbery Honor. Gail’s other books include A Tale of Two Castles; the New York Times bestsellers Ever and Fairest; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction book Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf! and Betsy Red Hoodie, both illustrated by Scott Nash. Gail and her husband, David, live in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

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