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C H A P T E R 1
A Running Start

This is a book about writing fiction. But it should help you write anything: e-mails, essays, greeting cards, love letters, skywriting.

Pick one of the sentences below and use it as the beginning of a story. You can change the sentences a little or a lot to make them work better for you. Feel free to change the names and to turn boys into girls or vice versa. Write for at least twenty minutes.

Oh, and have fun!

I have one green eye and one brown eye. The green eye sees truth, but the brown eye sees much, much more.
The ghost was eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
“Be nice,” my father said. “After all, he’s your brother.”
I am the most famous twelve-year-old in the United States.
Jason had never felt so foolish before, and he hoped he’d never feel so foolish again.
If somebody didn’t do something soon, they were going to have a catastrophe on their hands.
Alison was the runt of the family, born small and ill-favored, and by the time she was thirteen, she was still small and ill-favored.
It was a witchy house: the low-slung roof; that quiet, gray paint; those squinting, shuttered windows; and the empty porch rocker that rocked, rocked, rocked day and night.
The first time I saw Stephen, he painted a hex sign on my right arm, and I couldn’t move my fingers for three hours.
Ms. Fleming’s wig had gone missing.

Okay, you’ve done it. Congratulations! If you haven’t finished your story, save it so you can work more on it later. If you have finished, also save it.


Writing Magic, Copyright © 2006 by Gail Carson Levine. All Rights Reserved.  HarperCollins Publishers



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