SF & Fantasy

Gifts For the Geek: Day 6: Sometimes the Magic Works


brooks-sometimesDay 6 is here!

Gifts For the Geek continues it holiday run and today is a gift for the geek writer in your life!

Many geeks also write. It kind of goes hand in hand. I am one of them. I love to write and can’t imagine my life without it. When I was first thinking about making a serious effort to write a book, I didn’t know much. Sure, I read a lot and that’s important to the writing process but there were many pitfalls in front of me and I was aware of some of them. Many I didn’t know. I needed to learn a bit more about the craft of writing; if I didn’t, I would flounder in my dream. I couldn’t let that happen.

It was at the same time that Terry Brooks wrote Sometimes the Magic Works.

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of it and devoured it. It is part memoir, part writing guide. In it, Terry details many of the writing pitfalls he fell into early in his career—effectively sharing how to avoid them—as well as highlighting his life in an interesting way that all feeds into his craft. It was eye-opening. And it helped me greatly at that time.

Every once in a while, I revisit it. Here is a bit more about it:

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 once a year, I break the book out and give it a quick read. It really is a perfect gift for the geek writer in your life. Not only do people learn more about Terry and his life, but he shares some great writing tips.

To read an excerpt from Sometimes the Magic Works, click HERE!

More Geek Goodness tomorrow!

Stay tuned!


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