A Writer’s Guide To Harry Potter (Book Review)

Book Review: A Writer's Guide To Harry Potter

Title: A Writer’s Guide to Harry Potter
Author: S.P. Sipal
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

“..millions of people on various continents and across time zones do not plunk down their hard earned cash solely because of hype. SOMETHING must ring true, emotionally true, to a wide band of readers in order to create this hype in the first place. And I believe that this something can, to some extend, be learned.”

As a fan of fantasy, and of course Harry Potter (my kids grew up with its magic, both books and movies), I was intrigued when I saw this title. I am usually not interested in books written from a fan perspective, but the writer in me, always wanted to dive deeper into the aspects of what made Harry Potter such a phenomenon. And this book delivers just that.
Originally bought for last years NaNoWriMo, putting it to use this year, this volume is filled an immense treasure of insights and knowledge, that can help any writer, no matter where they are at their development. Not only is this book informative, but it is written in an entertaining way – self-published, therefore it has the small errors, that come with the lack of access to a professional editor, but they are small indeed.
That does not take away from the value of this book, one of the more entertaining and lesson filled books for writers I have read in a long time.

Where (or are) you a fan of Harry Potter? What lessons as a Writer did you take from J.K. Rowling’s books?

Camp NaNoWriMo

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Anyone else exited about Camp NaNoWriMo? For those who are not familiar with this writer’s version of summer camp, here is the short version of what it is:

Camp NaNoWriMo is associated with the National Novel Writing Month, which occurs every year in November, trying to aid and motivate writers to finish their books, by giving advice, and peer motivation. The associated Camp happens every year April and July, and allows writers in a more open environment do the  same, not limiting the projects to novels, but also including scripts, non-fiction or collections.

This year will be my first year, I will have time to participate. I am planning on updating the process of the work on the Camp website, but also here.

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The Project For This July’s Camp Session:

The Keeper – Book One of the World Walker Series – An Urban Fantasy

A Short Synopsis Of The Series:

We are People of Magic. We live amongst you, hiding our abilities from your sight, because you choose not to see us as we are, unless you need our help.

We are much like you, some good, some evil, but we are also not the same as you. Our abilities scare you, you fear our powers, you tell stories about us, in the dark, shadowy nights, frightening your children, forcing us to hide our true identity.

Then the turmoil began.

Now it is time to tell our story, the story of The Conflict that changed everything.

Before The Conflict began, we were simply two magical families, two of many, the Historians, collectors and keepers of the knowledge of our kind and the Guardians, meant to protect us. But that role is no longer enough. Hunted by some of our own kind, hiding from those who do not understand, we changed, we evolved, we learned.

We became The World Walkers.

We have not abandoned you. We will not allow those of our kind, with bad intentions to harm you or one of our own. We will hunt them down, bring them to justice.
One after the other.

This is a war – a war we did not choose. A war that chose us.

A war we will win.

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2014

Are you participating in the Camp NaNoWriMo this year? What are you writing about?