I have a cardinal rule, and that’s to write my blog posts on Wednesday and Friday. But here I am…one day late. This will have to be a Thursday post. And I blame this delay on Terry Brooks. Yes, Terry Brooks, the famous and successful fantasy writer, my writing hero…who wrote Sometimes the Magic Works, a non-fiction book on writing and publishing.
Let me tell you, I debated whether to buy the book on not for a week. The e-book price was 11.99 dollars. I mean, that’s not a small amount for a 282 page book. Finally, I gave in to the temptation and bought it. The book is amazing, and well worth the price. People rave about Stephen King’s On Writing but I tell you…Sometimes the Magic Works is a better book to read if you want to learn about the writing and publishing process.
Forget all the writing and publishing blogs (but not mine, please) and get this book. Although fantasy writers might relate to it a bit, the book’s written for a new writer of any genre. Terry has given practical advice on a lot of aspects of writing such as having a good beginning and end, outlines, show versus tell, and so much more. You may be thinking, what’s new about that? Well, the way he has explained it all is so simple and easy to understand that it’s worth your time to read it if you are serious about writing as a career.
There is a lot more practical information about the business of publishing, such as, the job of the first time writer is to write the second book and how book signings are meant for making connections with the readers and not for selling books. So many of his own mistakes have been analyzed for public consumption.
I have always believed that it’s not possible to learn everything by making your own mistakes. In order to save time, we must be ready to learn from other people’s mistakes. It’s a rare writer who will lay bare his own disappointments for others to learn from – and Thank you Terry for that!
I could go on and on about Terry Brooks and Sometimes the Magic Works but it’s time to let you think about whether you want to buy it yourself. I still have fifty more pages to finish and am going to find a nice quiet corner in the house to do so.