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Flow happens, Perry suggests, "when our mind or body is voluntarily stretched to its limit." How you experience flow depends on who you are. If you're a deep sleeper, for instance, you may also be more likely able to enter a deep flow state. For some writers, flow occurs during every writing session; for others, it is more elusive. There are those few who neither experience nor court it. "Nothing flows in my writing process," says John Irving. "My job is to make it flow for the reader, and that is a very deliberate, very slow, very unflowing process." But Irving is plainly in the minority. Most of the writers interviewed here cherish the flow state above all else. "It is the possibility of re-creating these moments," says Faye Moskowitz, "that keeps me going as a writer." Flow "seems to me the way life should always be," adds Lynne Sharon Schwartz, "freed from time and petty daily concerns and all forms of self-consciousness except the very deepest." --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The author is obviously intelligent and highly rational, and so her research comes across a thesis done for post-graduate studies. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ibrahim
This book wouldn't be so bad if Perry had restrained her writing flow. The first half of the book is a monotonous, repetitive regurgitation of the definition of "flow,"... Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by Jonathan Walburgh
Susan Perry's thorough research on flow in the creative writing process,under creativity scholar Mihalyi Csikzentmihalyi, should be compulsory reading for all writers. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Marguerite
There is now a better way to describe those absorbed moments. Susan Perry has written a wonderful wise piece. Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by Ray Melnik
Most writers agree that their best writing takes place when they lose themselves in their work. In this unself-conscious and highly creative state, the words flow effortlessly and... Read morePublished on December 20, 2007 by Story Circle Book Reviews
This book fails my simple test for utility: The writer never gets around to describing, detailing, or otherwise explaining how you can get the results she gets. Read morePublished on July 20, 2006 by James B. Johnson
This book is optimal for writers who have experienced this thing called "flow", the state of hyper-focusing, enjoyed it, but can't seem to induce it on a regular basis. Read morePublished on November 12, 2005 by Michelle M.
I found much to admire in this book. It is scholarly and thoughtful, but also practical and accessible. Read morePublished on February 17, 2003 by Dr Jean
This book is wonderful in the sense that she gets you to the creative point of your writing. I liked how it unlocked my creative juices and got them to come out. Read morePublished on April 28, 2002 by Amy M. Whelan