The Magic of Fiction

Crafting Words Into Story: The Writer's Guide to Writing & Editing

Author: Beth Hill

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997177008

Category: Fiction

Page: 606

View: 9443

Writing a novel can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. No matter where you are with your writing project--beginning the first draft, rewriting the fifth draft, or editing the final draft--help is available. The Magic of Fiction is a comprehensive guide for crafting fiction. It's the perfect resource for writers planning to self-publish, authors looking for an edge for manuscript submissions, and editors looking for a handbook on craft. Students and educators will also benefit, with details about the crafts of writing and editing available in a single book.Whether you intend to self-publish or submit your manuscript to agents or publishers, use The Magic of Fiction to master the ins and outs of writing and revision, create stronger early drafts, and edit your own stories.This guide addresses all aspects of editing and writing, from the mechanics to story issues to style concerns. In it you'll find--~ A comprehensive editing checklist~ Fixes for common writing mistakes~ Specifics for punctuation in dialogue~ Tips for putting setting to work for your fiction~ Suggestions for editing for the reader~ Help for writing to genre conventions~ Tips for word choices~ A guide for editing approaches and much more.Every fiction writer should be equipped to not only write well, but to rewrite and edit. There are books designed to help you write a novel, books to help you revise, and books to help you with the nitty-gritty of punctuation and grammar. The Magic of Fiction brings all those elements together in a single easy-to-digest resource for the writer looking for an edge in today's literary marketplace.The format of The Magic of Fiction helps you focus on what you need when you need it. Chapters provide detailed discussions of topics and end with "quick lists" to help you get straight to work on your own stories.Written by freelance fiction editor Beth Hill, The Magic of Fiction will help you produce high-quality fiction that will earn attention for all the right reasons.

The Magic of Shirley Jackson

The Bird's Nest, Life Among the Savages, Raising Demons, and Eleven Short Stories, including The Lottery

Author: Shirley Jackson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 146680050X

Category: Fiction

Page: 753

View: 4610

This collection is a generous selection of Shirley Jackson's work, consisting of three complete books: The Bird's Nest, Life Among the Savages, Raising Demons, and eleven short stories--including the world-famous "The Lottery."

Die magischen Saiten des Frankie Presto

Author: Mitch Albom

Publisher: Lago

ISBN: 3957620708

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 321

Frankie Presto ist ein Waisenjunge, der von einem blinden Musiklehrer in einer spanischen Kleinstadt großgezogen wird. Im Alter von neun Jahren schickt ihn sein Ziehvater in die USA, mit nur einer alte Gitarre und sechs wertvollen Saiten im Gepäck. Frankie fasst rasch Fuß in dem neuen Land und wie von Zauberhand wird er schnell geachteter und respektierter Teil der Musikszene des 20. Jahrhunderts, von Klassik über Jazz bis zu Rock'n'Roll. Er trifft und beeinflusst auf vielerlei Weise Hank Williams, Elvis, Carole King, Wynton Marsalis, KISS und viele weitere Größen der Musikszene. Irgendwann wird er selbst zum Star, nimmt eigene Platten auf und wird verehrt. Doch seine Begabung wird zur Bürde, als er feststellt, dass er durch seine Musik das Leben der Menschen verändern kann. Denn jedes Mal, wenn eine Saite seiner Gitarre blau leuchtet, hat er Einfluss auf das Leben eines Menschen genommen. Auf dem Zenit seines Erfolgs verschwindet Frankie spurlos, seine Legende wächst. Erst Jahrzehnte später taucht er wieder auf, nur um kurz vor seinem eigenen Tod noch ein letztes Menschenleben zu verändern. Mitch Albom hat in diesem Forrest Gump-gleichen Ritt durch die Musikwelt einen wunderbar magischen Roman geschaffen über die Gruppen, deren Teil wir im Leben sind. Denn, so sagt der begeisterte Hobbymusiker Mitch Albom: "Wir alle sind im Leben Teil einer Band."

The Magic of Blood

Author: Dagoberto Gilb

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802133991

Category: Fiction

Page: 287

View: 4804

Dagoberto Gilb is a powerful and important new talent in American fiction. Fresh, funny, relentless, and beautifully crafted, his writing possesses that rare Chekhovian ability to perfectly capture the nuances of ordinary life and make it resonate with unexpected meaning.

The Magic of Flowers

A Novel

Author: Roxanne M.

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1532042345

Category: Fiction

Page: 308

View: 1776

Set in the office of a psychologist in Paris, The Magic of Flowers describes a vivid picture of two women, and two destinies interweaved. Intriguing and gripping, this bittersweet contemporary tale of miracles and surprises is the unforgettable story of Amanda and her patient Tatiana whose heartbreaks, fears, secrets and hopes are as real as our own. Victim of a terrifying destiny, she begins a courageous journey of self-discovery. Will Amanda s perfume have an impact on Tatianas life? Will they have a moment of shock when they discover that they share the same man, Alexander? The three of them join in an experience that will haunt them forever.

The Magic of Ordinary Days

Author: Ann Howard Creel

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101126967

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 6442

Olivia Dunne, a studious minister's daughter who dreams of being an archaeologist, never thought that the drama of World War II would affect her quiet life in Denver. An exhilarating flirtation reshapes her life, though, and she finds herself banished to a rural Colorado outpost, married to a man she hardly knows. Overwhelmed by loneliness, Olivia tentatively tries to establish a new life, finding much-needed friendship and solace in two Japanese American sisters who are living at a nearby internment camp. When Olivia unwittingly becomes an accomplice to a crime and is faced with betrayal, she finally confronts her own desires. Beautifully written and filled with memorable characters, Creel's novel is a powerful exploration of the nature of trust and love.

The Magic of Saida

Author: M.G. Vassanji

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307961516

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 2114

Giller Prize–winner M. G. Vassanji gives us a powerfully emotional novel of love and loss, of an African/Indian man who returns to the town of his birth in search of the girl he once loved—and the sense of self that has always eluded him. Kamal Punja is a physician who has lived in Canada for the past forty years, but whom we first meet in a Tanzanian hospital. He is delirious and says he has been poisoned with hallucinogens. But when Kamal finds a curious and sympathetic ear in a local publisher, his ravings begin to reveal a tale of extraordinary pathos, complexity, and mystery. Raised by his African mother, deserted when he was four by his Indian father, married to a woman of Indian heritage, and the father of two wholly Westernized children, Kamal had reached a stage of both undreamed-of material success and disintegrating personal ties. Then, suddenly, he “stepped off the treadmill, allowed an old regret to awaken,” and set off to find the girl he had known as a child, to finally keep his promise to her that he would return. The girl was Saida, granddaughter of a great, beloved Swahili poet. Kamal and Saida were constant companions—he teaching her English and arithmetic, she teaching him Arabic script and Swahili poetry—and in his child’s mind, she was his future wife. Until, when he was eleven, his mother sent him to the capital, Dar es Salaam, to live with his father’s relatives, to “become an Indian” and thus secure his future. Now Kamal is journeying back to the village he left, into the maze of his long-unresolved mixed-race identity and the nightmarish legacy of his broken promise to Saida. At once dramatic, searching, and intelligent, The Magic of Saida moves deftly between the past and present, painting both an intimate picture of passion and betrayal and a broad canvas of political promise and failure in contemporary Africa. It is a timeless story—and a story very much of our own time.

The Magic of the Lost Temple

Author: Sudha Murty

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9385890123

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 164

View: 2812

City girl Nooni is surprised at the pace of life in her grandparents’ village in Karnataka. But she quickly gets used to the gentle routine there and involves herself in a flurry of activities, including papad making, organizing picnics and learning to ride a cycle, with her new-found friends. Things get exciting when Nooni stumbles upon an ancient fabled stepwell right in the middle of a forest. Join the intrepid Nooni on an adventure of a lifetime in this much-awaited book by Sudha Murty that is heart-warming, charming and absolutely unputdownable.

The Magic of Krynn

Author: Margaret Weis,Tracy Hickman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780786935932

Category: Fiction

Page: 350

View: 1929

Nine short stories and a novel journey to the magical world of Krynn and feature the strange creatures and races of Krynn, along with an appearance by the Companions of the Lance and the twins Caramon and Raistlin. Reissue.

Der Tag, an dem ich zaubern lernte

Author: Natalie Lloyd

Publisher: Bloomoon

ISBN: 3845808950

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 368

View: 5821

Als Felicity mit ihrer Mutter und ihrer kleinen Schwester in dem kleinen Städtchen Midnight Gulch ankommt, kann sie die Magie um sich herum deutlich spüren. In ihrem Bauch flattert es, hinter ihren Ohren prickelt es und ihr Herz klopft wie wild. Dieser Ort ist etwas ganz Besonderes! Und tatsächlich stecken die Bewohner voller Überraschungen. Der Legende nach floss früher sogar Magie durch ihre Adern ... oder tut sie das noch immer? Und wenn ja, wie können ihre neuen Freunde Felicity dabei helfen, ein altes Geheimnis zu lüften und endlich, endlich ein Zuhause für sich und ihre Familie zu finden?

The magic of Malgudi

Author: R. K. Narayan,S. Krishnan

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fiction

Page: 408

View: 1317

The third in the series of Penguin Indiaýs omnibus editions of R.K. Narayanýs Malgudi novels, The Magic of Malgudi contains Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts and The Vendor of Sweets. It is sure to delight first-time readers of Narayan as well as his devoted fans.

The Magic Bakery

Copyright in the Modern World of Fiction Publishing

Author: Dean Wesley Smith

Publisher: Wmg Publishing

ISBN: 9781561468256

Category: Reference

Page: 88

View: 6306

USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith helps writers understand the very nature of their business, how to sell more, and make more money from every story. Using the metaphor of a magic bakery, copyright becomes easy to understand, and the writing business makes far more sense. This book functions as a guide to help writers gain more from every story they write, protect their property, and understand how to expand their business into the future. Clear, easy to read, and full of insights from a forty-year-career writer who understands how every story contains magic. Want more sales, more money from your writing? Come on in to The Magic Bakery.

The Magic of the Unicorn

Author: Deborah Lerme Goodman

Publisher: Choose Your Own Adventures - R

ISBN: 9781937133252

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 144

View: 1813

Only a unicorn's horn can purify the water in your medieval village. Thus YOU set off on a quest to find the unicorn that can save your people, encountering many magical beings along the way.

The Magic of Christmas

Author: Sarah Morgan

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1459291727

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 902

A mom…just in time for Christmas? Beautiful, bubbly nurse Lara King just can't resist a little girl's Christmas wish—for her daddy to be happy—so she steps in as the sexy ER consultant's new live-in nanny! Christian Blake lost his faith in love a long time ago, but now, as Lara fills his house with warmth and sparkle, he realizes that she's his once-in-a-lifetime chance for happiness. As the first snowflakes start to fall, he can only hope that Christmas will weave its magic and Lara will accept the special present waiting for her under the tree…

The Magic of Christmas

Holiday Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Author: John Silbersack,Dennis L. McKiernan,Andre Norton,Julian May,Judith Tarr,Christopher Stasheff

Publisher: Roc

ISBN: 9780451451903

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 2255

A festive collection of holiday stories includes contributions by Richard Christian Matheson, Gael Baudino, Julian May, Andre Norton, Dennis L. McKiernan, Christopher, Stasheff, and Judith Tarr. Original.

The Magic Barrel


Author: Bernard Malamud

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 146680551X

Category: Fiction

Page: 232

View: 8052

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction Introduction by Jhumpa Lahiri Bernard Malamud's first book of short stories, The Magic Barrel, has been recognized as a classic from the time it was published in 1959. The stories are set in New York and in Italy (where Malamud's alter ego, the struggleing New York Jewish Painter Arthur Fidelman, roams amid the ruins of old Europe in search of his artistic patrimony); they tell of egg candlers and shoemakers, matchmakers, and rabbis, in a voice that blends vigorous urban realism, Yiddish idiom, and a dash of artistic magic. The Magic Barrel is a book about New York and about the immigrant experience, and it is high point in the modern American short story. Few books of any kind have managed to depict struggle and frustration and heartbreak with such delight, or such artistry.