Release Your Inner Writer

Release Your Inner Writer

Having grown up in Africa, it's no surprise that magic realism is by far my favorite literary genre. I am always exploring books, blogs, and writers who share my fascination with the 'mysterious' stuff of life. To my delight, I've come across a magic realism writer whose love of the concept has lead to an amazing project.

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Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #6

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #6

An easy and clear distinction between magic realism and fantasy/science fiction is that MR is about revealing and exploring character by weaving the story through two worlds—reality and fantasy— in such a fluid manner that neither seems to intrude on the other, whereas the other two genres are about building fantastical worlds that are meant to be dissociated from the reality we know.

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Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #5

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #5

Nowadays, despite claims of Latin American exclusivity, magic realism is considered an international commodity. Critics are even proposing a connection between magic realism and postmodernism, some of their shared characteristics being “the dissolution of character and narrative instance, the erasure of boundaries, and the destabilization of the reader.”

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Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #4

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #4

While novelists exploring magic realism enter the spirit world via their stories, in many cultures across the globe there are intermediaries like shamans and sorcerers who use special abilities or powerful drugs to journey from the mundane into other worlds.

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Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #3

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #3

The ‘magic’ in magic realism is brought about by the narrator shifting his here-and-now perspective to represent the unconscious. In doing so, he effortlessly morphs the story to depict bizarre phenomena or supernatural influences in fantastical settings.

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Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #2

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #2

Ever since One Hundred Years of Solitude by García Márquez drew the world's attention, some have applauded the magic realism as a significant international literary movement while others either see it as no more than Latin America’s ‘authentic expression’ or refer to it as a postcolonial style per se.

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Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #1

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #1

Magic realism should not be confused with fantasy and science fiction that are set in make-believe worlds—instead, the author renders a down-to-earth setting where odd characters lurk, bizarre events happen and mystical spheres are accessible.

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The Gist of a Great Blog Series

The Gist of a Great Blog Series

A sound premise and compelling themes are undoubtedly the hallmarks of great writing. Plus, effective book publicity relies on strong promotional messages, which are extracted from the themes contained in your writing that, collectively, make up the premise of the story.

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #17

What is the Gist of Your Story? #17

Getting out of your comfort zone to a foreign country leads to emotional growth and change. A suburban family discovers that trading materialism for a simple life on a tropical island helps them reconnect in unexpected ways.

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #16

What is the Gist of Your Story? #16

When Ed Gaydos discovered that the website of his old artillery regiment is littered with pleas for information about loved ones who are either dead or frozen in silence about Vietnam, he realized it was time for him “to start talking and to leave something for the next generation beyond dates on a tombstone and an old fatigue shirt.”

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