Sometimes the Magic Works

Sometimes the Magic Works

Lessons from a Writing Life

By Terry Brooks

Del Rey Books, Paperback, 9780345465511, 210pp.

Publication Date: February 3, 2004

Description
In "Sometimes the Magic Works," "New York Times" bestselling author Terry Brooks shares his secrets for creating unusual, memorable fiction. Spanning topics from the importance of daydreaming to the necessity of writing an outline, from the fine art of "showing" instead of merely "telling" to 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 bestselling "Star Wars" novel "The Phantom Menace."
In addition to being a writing guide, "Sometimes the Magic Works" is Terry Brooks's self-portrait of the artist. If you don t think there is magic in writing, you probably won t write anything magical, says Brooks. This book offers a rare opportunity to peer into the mind of (and learn a trick or two from) one of fantasy fiction's preeminent magicians.


About the Author
Terry Brooks a commence a publier le cycle de Shannara en 1977. Il est le premier heritier de Tolkien, et revendique l'influence d'Alexandre Dumas. Ses deux series best-sellers sont Le Royaume magique de Landover (six volumes) et Shannara, son plus grand cycle (dix-sept volumes a ce jour): un grand classique de la Fantasy aux 23 millions d'exemplaires en circulation !


Praise For Sometimes the Magic Works

“A MARVELOUSLY PRAGMATIC INITIATION TO THE ART OF WRITING.”
—DOROTHY ALLISON
Author of Bastard Out of Carolina

“[A] SUCCINCT AND WARMHEARTED AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEDITATION ON THE WRITING LIFE.”
—Publishers Weekly

“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.”
—ROBERT SILVERBERG
Award-winning author of
the Majipoor Chronicles