Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson LevineIn 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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Literary Imagination is a forum for all those interested in the distinctive nature, uses, and pleasures of literature, from ancient to modern, in all languages. Its aim is to encourage wide-ranging discussions between those committed to the reading and study of literary works and to the reading and writing of poetry, fiction, translations, drama, nonfiction essays, criticism, and scholarship concerned with them.
Gail Carson Levine
How To Gather Ideas, Turn Them Into A Novel - & Finish It
A t Bridge Academy in London, a group of year 9 students are writing speeches. Students plan to speak about racial profiling, cuts to the NHS and why the education system needs to change. Others will describe why they enjoy football or learning about music. The school has been working with the Ministry for three years, as well as local charity Hackney Pirates , which runs immersive workshops for children struggling with literacy skills. Torday would like teachers to show more support for self-expression — in whatever form it takes. Whether you like it or not, you will start to have ideas.
If I gave you a piece of paper with a yellow spot of paint on it and asked you to tell me what it was, you might respond in a number of ways. In my view, the best fiction writing gives just enough information for the reader to discern a shape, but artfully allows the reader to fill in the rest. For me, the joy of reading is about escaping into my imagination, inhabiting the world an author has created, meeting their characters, immersing myself in their story. But when I read, I bring with me everything that makes me me. So my responses and the way I visualise Anna Karenina or Amazing Amy in my head may be different to yours.
Anyone who has ever been in a writing class has heard the time-worn, and very worn-out , advice given to those seeking a career as an author: "Write what you know. An example of an author who has done this successfully is Harper Lee who based a great deal of her famous book, To Kill a Mockingbird , on personally remembered events and people she knew. Lee based the character of Atticus Finch on her father who was a lawyer and used her mother's maiden name of Finch.
When writing a work of fiction, regardless of its length, it is important to include certain elements to make it more dynamic. Several of these fiction writing elements—fiction writing terms—are found in the following glossary. Although Scribendi has an extensive glossary of general writing terms, this one is specific to fiction writing terms and is therefore geared toward authors and writers. For an author, fiction writing terms are important because they provide the tools necessary to make the most out of a literary work. By being aware of certain terms specific to fiction writing, authors will be able to get a better idea of what they should include in their fiction writing, which will then allow them to make their stories more vibrant and appeal to a wider audience. The following is a glossary of terms specific to fiction writing.
Picture yourself if you dare! It is late at night and you are sitting up in bed, alone, riveted by a good book. So absorbed have you become that you that are blissfully unaware of the isolation which completely surrounds you and which clings to you like a second skin. Outside, in the mid-winter chill, a heavy darkness devours whatever it can whilst nocturnal creatures hoot, bay or otherwise make their plaintive cry to the moon. Suddenly, something bizarre begins to happen. The words that you are reading become blurry and the page itself seems to break apart as if opening up into a portal. Before your stunned eyes, an arm reaches out of this whirling pulp fiction vortex and a hand slaps you right across the face!