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Word Magic for Writers

4.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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"Word Magic is a writing book like no other . . . joyful, exuberant, witty, and wise. It manages to be many things at once: a celebration of language, an examination of its mysteries, and an invitation for writers of every ilk to pick up their pens and join the party. Wonderful" --Kate DiCamillo, author of Tale of Despereaux, the Newbery Medal Winner, 2004, and Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor Book, 2000

"Written with enthusiasm and laced with an abundance of appropriate examples from both adult and children's literature, WORD MAGIC makes a valuable addition to any writer's home library." --James Cross Giblin, former Editor-in-Chief at

"This book is full of fascinating writing techniques, many of which were new to me. It will be as indispensable to a word lover as a hardware store is to a tool lover." --Marileta Robinson, Senior Editor of Highlights for Children magazine

"Written with enthusiasm and laced with an abundance of appropriate examples from both adult and children's literature, WORD MAGIC makes a valuable addition to any writer's home library." --James Cross Giblin, former Editor-in-Chief at

"This book is full of fascinating writing techniques, many of which were new to me. It will be as indispensable to a word lover as a hardware store is to a tool lover." --Marileta Robinson, Senior Editor of Highlights for Children magazine

About the Author

Cindy Rogers is a teacher, an editor, and the author of three books and more than 100 stories, plays, articles, essays, profiles, and word conundrums. Her most recent book, Word Magic for Writers, is the result of several years of research on the richness and subtleties of the English language. Numerous articles and columns on the use of language and writing have been published in Writer's Digest, Children's Writer, and Magazine Markets for Children's Writers. Ms. Rogers' educational pieces have been published in Good Apple Newspaper, Educational Oasis, Parents of Teenagers and excerpts of her work have been used in testing materials by Harcourt Brace, McGraw Hill, SIRS, and Exploring English.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Institute Publications (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889715247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889715247
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't say enough great things about this book!! I have read essentially every book on the market in both fiction and screenwriting and this is by far the most original - no other book contains such great skills to make your writing soar! I'm so glad I found it! It really is a must have if you want to write better - no other book is like it!
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She had me when she started out with alliteration - I bought this because I love wordplay - and the love of constructing wicked sentences - it sounded good, and it totally blew me away!
Although very familiar with the constructions - I had never really known all the names of them - that was interesting! It's amazing what naming the things can do for you -
I had to read the thing straight through - (yeah, I gotta go back - but it was that kind of book - it just kept pulling you further into it -
The one thing that made it hard to follow sometimes, is that the layout, the sidebars, kind of jump all over the page - not clearly delineated - or marked -so one gets three ideas going on one page, and then when you turn it, it takes a little to find where the next thread picks up - but it can be done - it's just packed with data and examples.

I'd love to see a version where it's easier to follow (each interjection having it's own page - ) also, she mentions - this is a "yayaya" - and you will find that in the next chapter" - which tends to catch your attention up and make one stumble, unless you have a really good literary dictionary with you -
But if you dare to get through it all, THEN! you can go back and re-read for complete understanding & pleasure and use -
It starts with words, and then the concepts as applied to writing get larger - (The structures within!)
It's a mega book - thoroughly enjoyable if you are a word or writing junkie - without me really trying, it totally freshened my instant view
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Love all the definitions, examples, and exercises that are in this book. I have sticky notes throughout so I can go back and work on the exercises and have started a "note" on my iPad with the words and definitions, as it's hard to remember them all. I find that I, happily, am already using a lot of the techniques in the book in my writing, I just never knew their names. But I feel that reading this book will help improve my writing as I'm conscious of the various techniques' effects when used properly and try to think about where they might be effective if added when working on my revision.
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This might be the best writing book I've ever read, although it's taking me forever to read it. Why? On each page there are exercises. Each time I complete an exercise, I imagine I'm my main character. I like my exercise results so much that I usually end up writing a novel scene before proceeding to read the book.
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This is the book on writing I've been looking for. Full of techniques to improve your writing. For instance, Rogers relates punctuation to tone, mood, etc. Setting a list off with dashes indicates expansiveness, as if the list could go on and on. Conversely, parentheses enclose. As a writer and an English teacher, I wish I'd found this book 20 years ago.
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This is as close to a complete writing course in one book as you can get. If you are trying to learn to write you need this book. With that said, it's kind of dense. As I went along I made up list of new things I learned, their definition, and an example of their use. I believe this was a good investment of my time.
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I have this item at home and highly recommend it. It goes over all items needed to write creatively and concisely. Everything you need is at your fingertips. This book will become your best friend!
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This book contains helpful tools (word devices) that will enhance and develop any writer's craft. The author uses exercises to promote understanding of each word device. A must read for anyone interested in writing!
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