The Magic in Writing

Day 29 of 30 Days Challenge

Magic Words

The first book I remember reading that was about writing is Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande. She talked
about the magic in writing.

I believe my brother got it for me. He was good about purchasing something that was what I was interested in. One time he had given me a book on horses. I still love horses and riding.

In reading the writing book it was the first time I’d seen the words magic and writing together. It is years later and I feel the magic. I understand what she is talking about.

I hadn’t thought about magic and writing together. In my eye I envisioned a writer with tons of ideas and simply
wrote them down and they all came out in perfect stories, perfect characters. The writer sat at the desk, pulling up the chair or leaning back with notebook and words spilling out almost faster than they could write them down. Nothing magical about it. The words came with ease, just a matter of putting pen to paper.

When I read Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and all the stories I’ve read through the years I was pulled into the what looked to me a flawless flow of words. I’d forget I was reading. I became a part of the story world. The words came out so easily. Seemed simple.

Now, I know better. I know of the struggle, the days when nothing I write seems any good, and where did that idea go? It was here a second ago. Little did I know of the false starts Mark Twain may have went through to write his wonderful stories. I do now. I believe other writers struggle as well.

Yes, I have come to realize writing is not as easy as I described above, but in fact it is magical, I agree with Ms. Brande in this regard.

My mom was a reader and did some writing of her own. She passed the feelings and magic of reading and writing on to me. I welcomed them with open arms. We talked about books and reading, but I don’t recall talking about writing. I was young when she passed away and I lost that opportunity. I do have some of her writings and I cherish them.

I think it’s a good idea to re-read great books on writing. I’ve read the one, Becoming A Writer more than once and am reading it again as I wrote this post.

Books like this are full of encouragement. I especially like the older ones like the one by Dorothea Brande which was published in 1934.

Another favorite is Brenda Ueland’s If You Want to Write. I highly recommend both books.

Reading books by these women from another era is fun.  They bring a lot of knowledge and experience; sharing thoughts about the writing life in their day. For the most part it’s still relevant today. How special is that? Pretty special I think.

Thank you for stopping by. Do you have a favorite writing book? Let me know in the comments.

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