Master Magicians

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Where the magic happened

As I go through my notes from The Texas Writer’s Retreat I’m finding all kinds of gems. The one that really hit home today was from Joe Clifford’s session on setting.

“We trade the magic to learn how to create the illusion.” -Joe Clifford

As young readers, we found ourselves escaping into various worlds created by our favorite authors. Narnia. Camelot. Middle-earth. We walked through fantasy lands in search of nothing more than adventure and story.

As we discovered our own words, and began to believe that our stories were worth telling, we found ourselves reading the same books again, only this time we were searching for something more, something hidden between the lines that stained the page, the visions that bloomed in our minds. Instead of asking who, what, where or when, we toyed with why, and how.

We wanted to understand how the author got from point A to point B, and why he chose either point to begin with. We started to dissect the stories, stripping away the colorful layers of adjectives, exposing the veins with actions coursing through them, and studying the organs, both minor and major so that we could understand the anatomy of the story. And in doing so, we began to hone our craft, and create our own magic.

Perhaps the only magician we have is the artist. -Anais Nin

We are master magicians. Page performers. Word wizards.  It’s who we are. It’s what we do.

 

I’m off to cast a spell on some unsuspecting characters now.

Peace,

Ginger

 

3 thoughts on “Master Magicians

  1. I love it that you’re peeling the layers back of your work and experiences to understand why you do what you do. This is a great lesson to all of us creatives. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  2. I love it that you’re peeling the layers back of your work and experiences to understand why you do what you do. This is a great lesson to all of us creatives. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    Like

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