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Writing Magic

Creating Stories that Fly
Narrated by: Gail Carson Levine
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
4 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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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.

©2006 Gail Carson Levine (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good work

Helpful exercises and read spiritedly, I got a lot out of this book. You will surely enjoy the work. I know I did.

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So so endid beter than it started..

If you could sum up Writing Magic in three words, what would they be?

The beginning of the book is not written to be read out loud(I had a hard time staying a wake, I felt thirteen a gain trying to stay a wake in class!), though it gets better in the end with the interweave/commenting the writers experience... I like that sort of stuff.

Would you recommend Writing Magic to your friends? Why or why not?

It is a book a bout writing and all books a bout writing have something to inspire, yes off-course id recommend it.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

it sounded better in the end so I don't think it was her fault, like I said "The beginning of the book is not written to be read out loud(I had a hard time staying a wake, I felt thirteen a gain trying to stay a wake in class!)"

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Writing Magic?

these kind of books are always a little motivators, but needs more motivation in the beginning to get you through it.

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Amazing guidance and motivation!

As a writer, I found her guidance to be spot-on in structure and thought process for writing. Additionally, she has inspired me to make a more conscious effort of silencing that inner critic that robs writers of our confidence and our stories! Thanks Mrs. Carson Levine!

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unique book with many exercises

I was good. With each section, she includes writing exercises. I was impressed and found it helpful.

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Terrible, Save your time and money

This was one of the worst books I've ever heard. Stupid, airy fairy nonsense and common sense. I learned nothing. Worse I was bored. Save your money. You won't learn anything at all from this book. I rarely write negative reviews butI was appalled and outraged by the lack of real content. I wanted my money back.

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excellent and inspiring for writers of all ages

what a wise and gentle teacher she is! write. have fun. save what you wrote!

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thank you very much Gail for this great book

It is lovely book come from the soal and touchs the heart..I love it