New York: Ballantine Books, 2003. First Edition (stated). First Printing. Hardcover. Used - Very Good/ Near Fine. Cream boards with blue cloth spine. Gilt lettering to spine. 14 x 21.5 cm. 197 pp. / Good. Front cover is creased. Closed tears along spine repaired with book tape. Some wear to tail of spine and top edge. Item #10677
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.