Magical Realism

For our second meeting of Amazing Amy’s Writing Club, we discussed Magical Realism–sounds rather important and academic doesn’t it? We learned that when we create stories that involve magic, sometimes the rules or logic behind that magic are just as important to the reader as the fantastical bits. For example, we discussed how in the world of Harry Potter, even if one has the ability to do magic, one still has to go to school and practice using that magic in order to be really good. And as we know, we all have to practice too if we want to be really good at any particular skill.

Once we all had a hold on Magical Realism–where stories introduce magic grounded in reality, we moved on to discussing legends. We all agreed that legends are stories that may have a kernel of truth or reality in them, but they were greatly enhanced by the fantastical.

Just SoWe read some stories like “How the Camel Got His Hump” from Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories to gain some inspiration for our own stories. You can read our collection of Just So Stories here. Everyone really got into the spirit of the thing once we had come up with intriguing titles like “Why the Cat Smiles,” “How the Pencil Learned to Blow Bubblegum,” and “How Did the Gold Flying Fish Swim?” to name just a few. As we all shared our stories, we were rather impressed with our magical, boundless imaginations.

I invite you to join us next Wednesday, January 23 from 4-5 pm at the store if you would like to try your hand at writing How-To Guides. Perhaps, you have really important knowledge of how to do the perfect cartwheel, or how to make the yummiest sandwich in the whole wide world, or how to talk to invisible creatures, or some other really handy skill. The crazier the skill the better, we like to be prepared for anything!

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