Monday, May 6, 2013

Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine

This month we at Books to Write by introduce a new blogger to our blog, Bethany Calloway. Bethany loves to write fantasy with an element of mystery. She is a high school student who studies AP English and enjoys Marching Band where she is currently Junior Drum Major.

Welcome, Bethany Calloway!

In Writing Magic, by Gail Carson Levine author of Ella Enchanted, helps get the creative juices flowing, tears down writer’s block, and assists writers in creating stories which fly off the page. 

"In Writing Magic, Newberry Honor author Gail Carson Levine shares her secrets of great writing. She shows how you, too, can get terrific ideas for stories, invent great beginnings and endings, write sparkling dialogue, develop memorable characters- and much ,much more. She advises you about what to do when you feel stuck- and how to use helpful criticism. Best of all, she offers writing exercises that will set your imagination on fire. With humor, honesty, and wisdom, Gail Carson Levine shows you that you, too, can make magic with your writing."

The author eases you into writing by starting off with easy little writing assignments then gradually gives more and more challenging writing assignments. The great part of this book is that it helps organize writing ideas and generates possible plots. Also, the exercises have awesome names which make you excited to write like the first exercises is A Running Start and it ends with Exeunt Writing.

The book, has five sections, 1. Liftoff  2. Hearts and Guts 3. Plowing Through  4. Digging Deeper  5. Writing Forever, which help you start the beginning of a book and takes you to the very end. It helps you through the process of writing a book, and shows you how to write each section of a book successfully. 

This is a book about writing fiction. But it should help you write anything from e-mails, essays, and greeting cards to love letter and skywriting. It help you in writers blog by give you easy to do writing exercises that unleashes you creativity.

Writing Magic is a well written non- fiction book that helps ages 8 & up write fiction. It's great book which help people get start writing.


  1. Wonderful post, Bethany. I have never read that book, but it sounds like a good one. I love the idea of writing assignments, kind of like with the workbook for "Writing the Break-out Novel" by Donald Maass, I learn best by doing.

  2. Sorry for being so late getting to read this. It was originally posted during the last month of school which is equal to chaos. Great job, Bethany! So glad that you are now a part of the blog. Sounds like an interesting book!


Writing Tip of the Day