Fiction Magic card “tricks” help writers raise the stakes in their writing with phrases like “Alienate an Ally” and “Remove the Moral Compass.” The guidebook provides possible interpretations for each of the 54 cards, followed by creativity coaching “tips” to help writers apply the cards’ messages to their writing lives. It’s like having two decks in one!  

If you’ve known me awhile, you already know I consider myself more of a teacher than a writer. My masters degree project 25 years ago was on teaching writing, and I’ve taught teachers and writers of all ages ever since. And when I discovered I could teach adults the same way I taught kids, we all learned more and had a much better time!

Face-the-FearFor years, one of my teaching tools has been a deck of cards. It was a homemade, laminated deck with prompts that worked for any part of a manuscript from beginning to end, and any process from idea generation to revision. I wore out that set at conferences, classes, retreats, and workshops. After hearing “Where can I get these cards?” over and over, they’re finally available.

FICTION MAGIC: Card Tricks & Tips for Writers

Fiction writers are troublemakers. We create characters and get them in trouble. We’re also magicians. We pull rabbits out of hats, heroes from certain death, and stories out of thin air. We make magic by making trouble. Fiction Magic.

The wonderful artwork on the cards is by the amazing Denice Lewis.

Loved these tweets following a presentation I did at the Oregon SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) conference from Regional Advisor Judi Gardiner and Agent Jen Rofe’…

@SCBWIOregon Because of Deb Lund @deblund wonderful workshop I found a “Unspoken Truth” that had to be spoken, Now the story is flowing!!!
11/25/13 3:17 PM
Writers — I *highly* recommend you get to know author and teacher Deb Lund. She offers excellent advice on writing. @deblund @scbwioregon
11/24/13 9:55 AM

And a few other comments…

“When I read a book on writing, it takes about 200 pages before I learn anything I can apply to my writing. I can use your cards instantly.”  Carole Estby Dagg, Award-winning YA author

“These cards are a creative way for Deb Lund to extend her gentle genius for helping fellow writers develop our own magic with fiction. I can hardly wait to get my hands on them, as both a writing teacher and a writer myself.”  Christina Baldwin, author of Life’s Companion and Storycatcher

“These cards are thought-provoking and inspiring. As an author and literary agent, I plan to use them myself and with my students and clients.”   Andrea Hurst, President Andrea Hurst Literary Management

Want an example of what you get in this boxed set?





Risk it All

Publishing these cards was a risk.

Here’s this card’s “trick” and “tip” from the Fiction Magic guidebook:

Your characters’ dreams or longings mean everything in the world to them. What would shake them up enough to risk their dreams? For whom or what would your characters take big risks? This is where ethics, values, pride, or safety could come into play. Game-changers come along, and characters have to think twice, or maybe several times, before continuing on their journeys. Or maybe risking it all is what initially sets their journeys in motion. At some point, an all-or-nothing risk is taken.

           How long have you waited to realize your dreams? What would you risk to make them come true? Risk even more. List all the reasons to not try, and then determine how many are based on fear. Take the risk. To not try is to fail. Try.

Now imagine having 54 prompts like this on sturdy cards, all with guidebook entries, a dozen different ideas for using the deck, and more. Fiction Magic might just help you take the steps you need to get where you want to be.

Isn’t that a risk worth taking?