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***Sometimes the Magic Works
Lessons from a Writing Life
by Terry Brooks
July 7, 2004.
Del Rey (Ballantine), New York, 2003. 197 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (B BRO).
Here’s another inspirational and practical book for writers. Terry
Brooks tells his own story of the luck and hard work that went into his
success. He gives tips and encouragement along the way. He says,
“This is for writers yet to be published who think the uphill climb will
never end. Keep believing. This is also for published writers
grown jaded by the process. Remember how lucky you are.”
Towards the end of the book, he shares a lesson he learned from his grandson.
“To fall back on an old cliché, it isn’t the destination that matters,
it is the journey. It is what I discover along the way that I wasn’t
looking for. Sometimes a character will become more important than
I envisioned. Sometimes a plot segment I hadn’t even thought about
will surface midway through. Sometimes the subtext of what seems an
ordinary tale will reveal itself in such a way that I will be stunned and
elated. The point is, even if I think I know the route, having traveled
it so often before, there always exists the possibility of being surprised
by something new. The joy of writing comes from that possibility, and
the joy of writing is what keeps me making that same journey over and over
without ever becoming bored by it.”
Thank you, Terry Brooks, for this encouraging book!
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