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Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life

Del Ray

By Terry Brooks '66
Posted February 3, 2004
Tags Alumni Books Faculty Books
Sometimes the Magic Works is part a writing guide, part memoir, in which Brooks offers suggestions to aspiring writers and stories of his own childhood and lessons learned; 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.

Introduction


“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.

Reviews

“A marvelously pragmatic initiation to the art of writing.”
-- Dorothy Allison
Author of Bastard Out of Carolina

“[A] succinct and warmhearted autobiographical mediation 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

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