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Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Lifeby Terry Brooks
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In 1977, theNew York TimesTrade Paperback Bestseller listback then the exclusive province of self-help guides, cartoon collections, and any number of cat booksplayed 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. NineteenNew York Timesbestselling novels later, it would be easy enough to just say: ". . . and the rest is history." But when it comes to quests, everyone knows that getting there is half the fun. Now, Terry Brooks tells the story of how he got therefrom beginner to bestselling authorand shares his secrets for creating unusual, memorable fiction. Writing is writing, whether one's setting is a magical universe or a suburban backyard. Spanning topics from the importance of daydreaming to the necessity of writing an outline, from the fine art ofshowinginstead of merelytellingto 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 bestsellingStar WarsnovelThe Phantom Menace. In addition to being a writing guide,Sometimes the Magic Worksis Terry Brooks's self-portrait of the artist. Here are sketches of his midwestern boyhood, when comic books, radio serials, and a vivid imagination launched a life long passion for weaving tales of wonder; recollections of the fateful collaboration with legendary editor Lester del Rey 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, as a writer of official novels based on major movies by both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. "If you don't think there is magic in writing, you probably won't write anything magical," says Terry Brooks. This book offers a rare and wonderful opportunity to peer into the mind of (and learn a trick or two from) one of fantasy fiction's preeminent magicians.
The author of 19 "New York Times" fantasy bestsellers presents a nonfiction work that is half a memoir of his writing career, half a text on how to do it oneself.
Once a lawyer, Terry Brooks left that career behind when he established himself as one of fantasy's most popular storytellers. The author of nineteen New York Times fantasy bestsellers presents a nonfiction work that is half a memoir of his writing career, half a text on how to do it yourself. Included are chapters on how to come up with...
About the Author
Terry Brooks is the author, most recently, of Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Morgawr, his twentieth New York Times bestseller. His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. He is a regular teacher at the prestigious Maui Writers Conference and lives in Seattle and Hawaii.
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