A volte la magia funziona. Lezioni da una vita di scrittura

A volte la magia funziona Lezioni da una vita di scrittura Uno scrittore deve avere due grandi doti saper sognare credendo fino in fondo ai propri sogni e saper condurre con pazienza il lavoro pi faticoso e razionale della ricerca e della costruzione del ro

  • Title: A volte la magia funziona. Lezioni da una vita di scrittura
  • Author: Terry Brooks Riccardo Valla
  • ISBN: 9788804517498
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Uno scrittore deve avere due grandi doti saper sognare, credendo fino in fondo ai propri sogni, e saper condurre con pazienza il lavoro pi faticoso e razionale della ricerca e della costruzione del romanzo Solo allora, quando si raggiunge il punto di equilibrio tra ispirazione e tecnica, tra fantasia e concentrazione, la magia funziona , e il romanzo cattura il lettoreUno scrittore deve avere due grandi doti saper sognare, credendo fino in fondo ai propri sogni, e saper condurre con pazienza il lavoro pi faticoso e razionale della ricerca e della costruzione del romanzo Solo allora, quando si raggiunge il punto di equilibrio tra ispirazione e tecnica, tra fantasia e concentrazione, la magia funziona , e il romanzo cattura il lettore Questo, in sintesi, il segreto che ha spinto Brooks ai vertici delle classifiche di tutto il mondo e che adesso lo stesso autore vuole insegnare Qualche volta la magia funziona soprattutto la storia di un sogno divenuto realt , quella di un avvocato che ha deciso di lasciare la professione legale per inseguire la propria vocazione.

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    About " Terry Brooks Riccardo Valla "

  • Terry Brooks Riccardo Valla

    Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word Void trilogy He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received his graduate degree from the School of Law at Washington Lee University.A writer since high school, he wrote many stories within the genres of science fiction, western, fiction, and non fiction, until one semester early in his college years he was given The Lord of the Rings to read That moment changed Terry s life forever, because in Tolkien s great work he found all the elements needed to fully explore his writing combined in one genre.He then wrote The Sword of Shannara, the seven year grand result retaining sanity while studying at Washington Lee University and practicing law It became the first work of fiction ever to appear on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list, where it remained for over five months.

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  • A few chapters on his approach to writing. Basically, a minimalist version of his how-to guide, but not the real focus of this book. This is primarily a memoir of various highs and lows in his life. Light and fluffy, but of interest to any fans of Terry Brooks, in particular, or author's memoirs, in general.


  • Brooks confirms about writing what I have long suspected is true about most careers: some people are born with a passion that will guide them into their vocation, and others aren't. It's like knowing wizards exist but being fully aware that you are a Muggle.I am a Muggle. I so wanted to be a wizard, and I believed I would be if my Dumbledore would just show up. I've written before about this and blamed it on reading fantasies like those of Terry Brooks, and I still do. So it was very validating [...]


  • I taught with Terry at the Maui Writers Conference for seven straight years and we still keep in touch. This book is a great insight into his process as a writer and his career arc. I like it simply for the title, because he acknowledges that there is an element to successful fiction writing that is magical. But you have to work to get to the magic.


  • A nice, friendly, inviting read. The author conveys a warm message of encouragement and camaraderie to aspiring writers; a bestselling author, with this book he shows that he is also an effective tutor and mentor. For any aspiring writer, this is a good book to read and re-read.


  • I wonder at what point a writer is asked to write a book about writing? Obviously after they are successful by some standard, and that is probably after they've been doing their thing for awhile. The title of this grabbed me - I'm a big believer in magic, and I seem to be reading about writing just now. I liked the quotes that framed each chapter - "I am incomplete without my work. I am so closely bound to it , so much identified by it, that without it I think I would crumble into dust and drift [...]


  • Firstly, I have never read anything by Terry Brooks. Yes, I know, I am not worthy. Now that that's been cleared up, I need to say how empowering, validating, and almost spiritual reading this book has been for me. I self-identify as a writer, and though I have yet to be traditionally published, I felt so much relief hearing (or I guess reading) someone put into words things that I have felt about being "not all there". I do not come from a family of writers. I did not have a model for what it is [...]


  • This is an autobiographical description of Brooks’s life as an author. He grew up in the same time period as I. His creativity was challenged and honed by the lifestyle he lived growing up in the 50s & 60s. He always wanted to be able to make a living through his writing. I always wanted to write, but in those early years, I never thought of writing as a career. Mixed in with his writing, he gives good advice about things a good novel should have. I have a mini library of books on writing [...]


  • I'm not a fantasy reader. I've never read Terry Brooks. But I love reading artists and writers describe their art and their process, which is what drew me to Brooks' book on writing, Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life.And it's wonderful. I found myself copying quotes like crazy. I found myself getting excited about outlining, for heavens' sakes! I loved his stories from a writer's life and I found some of his ideas so compelling I had to stop reading and go write.Or go, as Br [...]


  • Everybody likes to gang up on Terry Brooks. I don't know all the reasons except the biggest, that "he's a Tolkien copycat." (He addresses this in the book.) I don't really have an opinion on that because I haven't read Brooks since I was twelve or so, and I read his stuff before Tolkien's. But I'll always have a foot in Brooks' camp because I spent years staring at his book covers on our shelf before I was finally old enough to read them, and SWORD and ELFSTONES were some of the first adult book [...]


  • Recommended to me by a non-writer, and I bought a used copy off . Really enjoyed reading about a long-term writer's views on the journey, and get a little history on the publishing industry. No earth-shattering surprises on the advice front, but a very upbeat yet practical look at one man's love-affair with writing fiction. I closed the book feeling good about the world. Always appreciate when that happens.


  • I was hoping this would be something like Bird by Bird (Anne Lamott) or Writing Down the Bones (Natalie Goldberg) but it wasn't. The writing was dry and I don't agree with some of the things he had to say about the writing process. Mostly, I was disappointed that I had to skim the entire book to find two or three useful insights that I hadn't heard before. Your mileage may vary.


  • This book was huge encouragement to my work early on in my path toward publication. An honest and forthwith look into the creative process. It was an encouragement and a reminder that I'm not alone in this wicked journey of crafting worlds. Highly recumbent. I still find myself returning to it.



  • Great book about writing from one of my favorite authors. It gave some cool insights into writing in general and writing in specific. A good read, especially if you like Brooks.



  • "If you don't think there is anything magic in writing, you probably won't write anything magical." My husband is fond of quoting an Anthropology of Religion text read decades ago: "Religion, like magic, works whether the garden grows or dies." It's a question of faith. There is magic in writing at the moment when you write beyond what you knew you could, when the story flows out of the soul as if ready-made. The gift of the muse, some like to say. This book is mostly not about that. What it off [...]


  • I haven't read Terry Brooks (but my husband is a fan); based on my reading habits, different apps keep giving me books about how to write and I liked the title so I listened. The book has good advice, and I appreciated that early on he acknowledges that one of the big factors in success as a published author is luck. He's one of the few authors I've read who recommends an outline.Listened to audio, but audio isn't one of the edition choices. Been listening to so many books read by the author tha [...]


  • Oh my goodness, this is now a new favorite book on writing! The advice Terry Brooks gives is not only helpful, but in the giving, he shows through example the points he makes. It's every bit as great a read and helpful as King's _On Writing_ and Goldberg's _Writing Down the Bones_. Brooks mentions actions writers can take that will lead to greater success that few take. Want to know what those are? Read the book!


  • Great book. As a writer and a huge Brooks fan, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing how he became what he is today. It's an inspiration to learn that these greats weren't always that way. A ton of hard work, discipline and perhaps a little luck here and there and voila!


  • This book is chock full of fantasy writing experiences. Experiences as varied as a fantasy adventure related in a rollicking style. Terry's honesty encouraged me to write the Falcon Chronicle. It may encourage you too. Never give up!




  • I think the key to this guy's success is that he was born with the gift of imagination (largely manifested in daydreaming). As a writer I didn't get much from this beyond 'be more imaginative'. Entertaining reading, though not hugely educational.


  • Really great read on the craft of writing. It is inspiring and has a few nuggets that you don't find everywhere.


  • This book is a treasure. Though the publishing world is changing swiftly and dramatically, there are so many lessons here that stand the test of time. Wonderful.


  • Brooks, you spoke right to me. I have now read three really fantastic books on writing. Each one offers different things, different lessons. With each we must take what works for us. No one method works for all, no one lesson is a lesson for everyone and no one rule should be followed by everyone. We are all different.As far as personality and approach to writing I feel that I relate the most to Brooks, and yet I haven't read a Brooks book (which I plan to reconcile!).Sometimes I read what anoth [...]


  • Having read Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life many years ago, I already knew that I loved it, and much of the wisdom and stories still lingered with me when I read it again recently. In that sense it was like coming back to an old friend. But it was long enough ago that some of it still felt new. And in that time, I had also changed. I had written more, discovered more about who I was, not just as a writer but as a person. I had experienced a great number of things, good and [...]


  • Having a read a few of these writing manuals/writer's memoirs now in the course of my time in graduate school (I'm about to finish a Masters in English with an emphasis in creative writing), and especially as I've been working on my own creative project, I really enjoyed Brooks'. He has a skill I truly appreciate, one that I wish more writers of literary fiction would adopt--vanishing behind the story and focusing primarily on not getting in the way rather than showing off. As Scott Card will te [...]


  • Every so often I'm bitten by a small bug that confounds my mind and makes me think that I should give writing a try. I sit, I put words on the page, and that's all that comes of it. I cannot call my efforts writing as it has never lead me anywhere further than those three hundred to a thousand word attempts (of how many, I cannot recall).Then I read these memoirs of authors I enjoy and find that maybe I don't have it in me Or maybe the issue is lack of drive Or maybe the issue is simply a lack o [...]


  • I read Terry Brooks years ago. Even my grown daughter has a couple of volumes on her bookshelf in her room. But I had laid him to one side for far too long.Reading this book - a sort of biographical-insight-instructional-thing - has renewed my joy of his work and I am determined to revisit the worlds he has created. It seems in my absence that there has been a lot of new stuff written.But a greater thing this book achieved for me was partly in the reason I bought it - to inspire me to write. Alo [...]


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