I recently finished the book, Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine. My review is 5 stars. If you are having trouble finding writing inspiration or keep getting stuck in the middle of a story and can’t seem to find your way out, this book is for you!
If you’ve ever read any of Ms. Levine’s books (Ella Enchanted and Dave at Night, anyone?) you’ll already know that she’s an amazing writer and storyteller. But if you haven’t read any of her stuff, you are in for a fantastic treat!
Yes, yes, blah, blah, I know all of her stuff is directed to a younger audience, but I still think it’s worth reading when you are, like me, er…older-ish. My opinion is that fairy tales are for all ages and shouldn’t be limited to those who haven’t gone through puberty.
Anyway, Writing Magic is stock full of little chapters with really helpful exercises at the end of them. Maybe it’s because I’m kind of obsessed with textbooks and schoolwork, but I found the exercises (actually, the whole book) to be really useful and edifying. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, whether you are trying to write a novel or an essay.
It’s cool like that ;)
Also, Ms. Levine is really funny, so you could read it for the humor too.