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A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter; How to Improve Your Writing by Studying the Bestselling Series (English Edition) par [Sipal, S.P.]
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Présentation de l'éditeur

This is the old version!
Newly revised and Updated A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter in both paperback and Kindle at this link --

Are you a fiction or fanfiction writer hoping to catch onto a bit of JK Rowling's magic "floo powder?" Based on the popular workshop, A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter analyzes JK Rowling's craft for the fiction writer. Through thirteen lessons, readers will discover various techniques and styles Ms. Rowling employs which have made her series such a phenomenal success. Specific examples are given which will help writers determine how to utilize these techniques in their own writing with their own voice.

Topics covered include characterization, world building, backstory, mystery plotting, and business matters such as fan interaction, fan fiction, website design, social media, and author persona. Readers will learn to use techniques gleaned from Ms. Rowling to develop and improve their own voice and style, not to create little Harry Potter clones.

A fun and essential guide for writing a novel!

Text includes many tables and highlighted quotes as well as a 7-book outline of Harry's hero journey.
** If a particular table or quote does not seem to load initially on your Kindle, thumb forward a couple of pages and then go back to it.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Lessons from the Headmistress and No Polyjuiced Pretenders Here
(On Learning Techniques, not Cloning a Duplicate)

Lesson One: Characters with More Emotional Range than a Teaspoon

Lesson Two: Quidditch, A Prisoner of Azkaban, and Thestrals to MoM
(Voice and Reader Fulfillment)

Lesson Three: Return to the Dursleys
(Establishing and Breaking Story Patterns)

Lesson Four: Shrieking Shacks, Whomping Willows, and Moaning Myrtles -- or the Dark Lord's in the Detail
(World Building)

Lesson Five: Revealing Wormtail
(Dropping Clues, Hiding Secrets)

Lesson Six: Put a Fidelius Charm on Your Godric's Hollow

Lesson Seven: Myth Connections
(Mythic Structures, Archetypes, and Themes)

Lesson Eight: His Royal Snivellus -- the Ambiguity of Snape
(Themes and Borders)

Lesson Nine: Of Grindelwald and Hitler
(Real World Relevance)

Lesson Ten: Keep it FUN
(Engaging the Reader)!

Lesson Eleven: Draco Loves Hermione! (At Least in Fanfiction)
(Fan Involvement)

Lesson Twelve: Make a Magical Impression in the Muggle World
(A Few Tips on Building a Public Presence)

About the Author:

Published in fiction and nonfiction through articles, short stories, and a novel, SP Sipal is best known as an analyst of the Harry Potter series. She's spoken at numerous fan and writer conferences at the national, international, and online level and published articles dissecting the alchemical and Egyptian mythological motifs running through the series. She continues the discussion with other writers of how to improve our writing with Harry Potter as our guide at her blog at and accompanying Twitter feed @HP4Writers.

*** A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter Workshop is an unofficial literary analysis of the Harry Potter series. It is not endorsed or authorized by JK Rowling, her publishers, or Warner Brothers. All uses of any trademarked or character names are solely for the purpose of analysis. All quoted passages are copyrighted by JK Rowling.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3883 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 255 pages
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0055AUG8Q
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfect but flawed. 19 mars 2012
Par Sprocket - Publié sur
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I agree with the other posts, but not with as much hyperbole. The work is excellent - IF YOU CAN OVERLOOK the sloppy editing. There are many unedited errors still in the work after all this time. These take the shine off an excellent self-study tool that applies to you no matter where you happen to be on the rather high writing ladder. If this had gone through a normal publishing house these would have been picked up, So please, I ask the author to do a line by line edit on this work and let it soar to its true potential. Then let all those who have already downloaded it, trusting it was ready for publication, have the update notified and replaced for free. This shows the perils of self-publishing ebooks. Someone HAS to edit them before Amazon lets them out into the world.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great analysis 24 août 2011
Par Tolana - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This book is a great analysis of what makes J.K. Rowling's storytelling work, what draws you in, what makes it magical. She made me want to read the series all over yet again. I felt inspired to keep working on my own writing and got ideas for how to fix some of what is missing in my current work in progress.

One pet peeve of mine that kept popping up was the use of smiley face emoticons. I thought it made the book feel juvenile and unprofessional. It made me say to myself- if I can't deduce from your writing that you are smiling without the use of a colon, dash, and parenthesis face, then why am I taking writing advice from you? Also, abbreviating JKR, instead of just typing Rowling, added to the feel of unprofessionalism. But those are just pet peeves of mine.
10 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Resource For Writers 31 octobre 2011
Par Gracie Stanners - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I bought the ebook a few weeks ago and I have to tell you it is fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. I don't write fantasy as such, but I'm learning so much that I can put into practice in my Rom Sus and my YA books. So much, in fact, that I went back this morning and bought the pdf of the ebook so I can have a hard copy for easy reference.

It is well written, entertaining, thought-provoking, and one of the best investments I've made this year in terms of writing career-building.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 THE reason I bought a Kindle... 16 octobre 2012
Par Just My Opinion.... - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
...because reading this on my computer was not as comfortable and this book is not available in (traditional) print....and I had to read this. HAD to. It was my first e-book purchase, and even after many months, the most expensive one!

Many reviewers have already pointed out how amazing this read is for those Harry fans who are discovering their own writing talents, but if you have ever wanted to try and discover why and how the Harry Potter books can be aimed at children and yet still be so indescribably GOOD - read on.

Reading this actually made me appreciate the series MORE. I saw things that I had not seen before and I managed to master a better (but still inadequate) understanding about how brilliant these books really are.

It is easy to read, easy to follow, and enough information is given so that if I don't immediately recall the example, I will soon (without having to dig through my own copies).

Her website is fun too, for those of us who enjoy both Harry Potter esoterica and the mad hunt for the exact reason these books blew us away with delirium. (Hint: it's not just one thing).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 My first introduction to the Hero's Journey 22 janvier 2013
Par navyblue - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I bought this Kindle book and read it after participating in National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) in 2012. I had successfully written a novel-length story (over 50K words) but knew I had a lot to learn about plot planning and story arcs before I could write anything for public consumption. After considering several different writing guides, I finally went with this one thinking it'd be a fun read since my family has enjoyed Harry Potter so much.

I was not familiar with the work of Christopher Volger or Joseph Campbell prior to beginning this book. I am now reading both The Writer's Journey and The Hero with a Thousand Faces. One of the first things Volger recommends in the former is to read a favorite book or watch a favorite movie and have it in mind as he explains the different parts of the Hero's Journey. I was very glad to have already walked that path with this book. I'm able to think back to examples from Harry Potter; not just single books but, the entire seven-book series.

First, though I'm a Prime Member and I could borrow this book for free, I bought it so I could make notes and highlights in my Kindle that I could come back to for reference later. I also took just under 70 pages of notes (in a small Moleskine) while reading this book. While we had always loved Harry Potter, I never realized how much work went into plotting and planning the series. It was so much fun to go back and find all the different 'Easter eggs,' red herrings, and clues. Such an in depth look was educational and extremely enjoyable. There were a few examples I thought differently about, but the author mentions everyone will see a Hero's Journey in different ways, and she encourages you to draw your own conclusions. I really had such a good time with this book. I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their own writing. It's proved to be an excellent primer to the deeper works of Volger and Campbell, and I can hardly wait to put all I've learned into practice.

Oh, one slight negative I forgot about - Sipal has charts in the e-book that are very hard to read on the device (I have a beloved, old Kindle 2, but it was equally difficult to read the tabled charts on my husband's newer keyboard Kindle). I wrote the author about this, and she was kind enough to send the tables in a slightly larger word .doc format. I ended up typing them up even bigger for my own benefit, and sent her those files to share if anyone else needed them. Who knows if she kept them, but maybe if you're having trouble reading the charts, contact her and see if she'll send you the larger versions. Much easier on the eyes.
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