Author Magic

Trick or Treat? It’s Halloween. Magic is carried on the wind, it whispers in your ear, a mysterious enchantment created by words. First from an oral tradition, then written for all to read. Much has been written about witches, ghosts and goblins, thanks to writers who magically make the words appear. That is what most people think, right? That authors are magic. They look a blank page and words spring to life as if Merlin waved a wand, then those pages go to an agent – who loves the story, sells it to a publisher for the highest bid, then after the presses roll, a book lands on a shelf…or these days downloaded to a Kindle or Nook.

I think Shakespeare’s three witches from Macbeth describe the writing process much better:
For a writer, often this is how it goes:
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

Then, an idea takes hold, and a writer has to bring it to life with action, tension and passion.
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

And, once the story is put into words, then, the biggest work begins. Editing…
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

And yet it’s a labor of love. Every writer I’ve ever spoken to, from the most published novelists, to a writer of church news, to a writer who keeps a personal journal. They all say the same thing, “I write because I must. I can’t not write.”

Which writer brings magic to life from the words of their story for you? The magic of mystery, or fantasy or romance? It’s Halloween, give me a treat, please. Share with me what you love about your favorite writer.


About Linda Joyce

Writing is a curious journey. You don't pick it, it picks you. See my website at to learn more about me.
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2 Responses to Author Magic

  1. Magic indeed! Brilliant post! I often feel like Macbeth’s witches, but never thought of them in the writerly context. Love it!

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