“This is something that Pagans really, really need (as has become abundantly
clear every time I look at my Inbox). The section on rhyming couplets and the
appropriate uses thereof should be required reading for everyone who submits to
—Kenaz Filan, managing editor, newWitch magazine
You’ve attended rituals that took your breath away. You’ve borrowed spells out
of books. You’ve read splendid Pagan poetry in magazines. Now learn to
compose all these types of magical writing yourself!
Composing Magic guides you through the exciting realm of magical and spiritual
writing. You’ll explore the process of writing, its tools and techniques, individual
types of composition, and ways of sharing your work with other people.
The book shows you how to write:
• Basic and advanced forms of poetry
• Chants and rounds
• Solitary and group rituals
Each type of writing includes its history and uses, which cover diverse
traditions. Step-by-step instructions lead you through the creative process,
such as how to:
• Brainstorm ideas for a topic
• Choose the right type of composition
• Write a rough draft
• Polish your work to perfection
Examples demonstrate finished compositions of each type, while exercises help
you develop your skills by practicing what you’ve just read.
You’ll discover that magical writing has more impact when it comes from the
heart. Anyone can develop the skills needed to create effective compositions,
but the most successful writers reveal their souls.
Composing Magic will also show you ways of deepening your craft through
performance and publication. Whether you practice solitary or in a group, this
book will help you write with more power, more beauty, and less effort.
Elizabeth Barrette works in the Pagan and speculative fiction fields as a writer,
editor, and scholar. She currently serves as the managing editor of PanGaia
magazine and the dean of studies at the Grey School of Wizardry. In 2003,
Barrette won the Poet Laureate Competition at Sol Magazine. In 2005, her poem
“The Poltergeist of Polaris” earned a nomination for the Rhysling Award. She has
written for The Beltane Papers, CIRCLE Magazine, Green Egg, SageWoman,
and many of the Llewellyn annuals. Barrette lives in Charleston, Illinois, and
enjoys giving presentations at events in the Midwest region.