- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345451104
- ISBN-13: 978-0345451101
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,669,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Seven Steps on the Writer's Path: The Journey from Frustration to Fulfillment
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“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED . . . SEVEN STEPS is a terrific writer’s guide with practical advice and great wisdom for both the novice and veteran.”
Author of No Second Chance
“I can give you seven reasons to buy this book for every writer you know. It’s fresh, insightful, candid, funny, supportive, encouraging, and wise.”
“I WISH I’D HAD THIS BOOK TWENTY YEARS AGO! Pickard and Lott illuminate every writer’s essential challenge—the creative process, the evolution from idea to finished product. An absolute must for anyone who writes.”
—T. J. MACGREGOR
Edgar Award–winning author of Out of Sight
“Every writer gets lost from time to time on the creative journey, and when that happens, it’s nice to encounter a friendly and helpful companion like Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path. Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott light the path and guide us out of the darkness one step at a time.”
Edgar Award–winning author of Prophecy Rock
“This book made me want to walk straight to the computer and start writing.”
Author of Shop Till You Drop: A Dead-End Job Mystery
“Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path is a must-read, must-absorb, must-follow for anyone who has ever even dreamed of becoming a writer. Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott brilliantly define the joys and jolts all of us encounter on the tortuous road to publication and beyond, along with excellent practical tips for how-to stay the daunting, difficult course and make those writing dreams a reality.”
Author of Every Step You Take
“Seven Steps offers much good advice, both practical and motivational, that’s been time- and career-tested. This would be a pleasing companion as you embark on a book project in any genre.”
—SUSAN K. PERRY
Author of Writing in Flow: Keys to Enhanced Creativity
“With this enlightening book for writers, we find two authors who not only understand the truth about the writer’s life, but also communicate it with flat out honesty, a dose of impishness, and always an abundance of heart.”
—GAIL PROVOST STOCKWELL
Cofounder, Write It/Sell It Seminars and
Workshops, and Writers Retreat Workshop
From the Inside Flap
The blank page, the impossible deadline, the rush of inspiration: There is no profession more maddening or more rewarding than being a writer. Yet surprisingly, all writers pass through the same sequence of stages in the course of their careers. It was this remarkable insight that inspired veteran authors Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott to write one of the wisest and liveliest guides to the literary life ever penned a volume of astonishing revelation, warm reassurance, brilliant encouragement, and welcome humor. No matter what you write or how much recognition youve received, you are bound to pass through the seven steps on the writers path: Unhappiness, Wanting, Commitment, Wavering, Letting Go, Immersion, and Fulfillment.
Whether youre a wannabe writer or a published literary veteran, youre bound to find this book a source of true delight, vital wisdom, and lasting inspiration.
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The tone is that of a kindergarden teacher: warmly encouraging bordering on patronizing.
The book tried for a structure (7 steps, duh) but each chapter sounded just like the preceding one. Apparently, writing is a frustrating process. But then it gets more frustrating. And then, did we mention, it becomes frustrating.
I will say that it was an easy read and if you really are so desperate for encouragement as to spend time reading self-help books instead of actually writing, then I suppose this will be the hot cocoa with marshmallows that we all need occasionally.
However, for anyone looking for insight or raw inspiration, this will be one big bore.
I now have an understanding of the phases I've been going through while working on my writing. Rather than bossing us about, or admonishing us to get hold of our bootstraps & tough it out, these authors show us that the process of writing is both organic & chartable (& charitable to boot!). I can now recognize the detours in creativity.
I especially relish both voices & their vivacity. The stories of the process are fascinating. The tools offered usable. The encouragement tangible. As I write in solitude, I now know I am not alone.
If you know a writer, RebeccasReads recommends you give them a copy of the SEVEN STEPS ON THE WRITER'S PATH, & be daily blessed!
Experienced authors Lynn Lott and Nancy Picard will offer you creative solutions to common problems writers face, such as writer's block, procrastination, frustration, and rejection. Lynn and Nancy will help you clear your mind of the cobwebs of excuses that have stood in the way of your writing, and "empty the old, dead detritus of your life in order to make room for the fresh and new." You will become comfortable with the cycle of the Seven Steps (Unhappiness, Wanting, Commitment, Wavering, Letting Go, Immersion, and Fulfillment), identifying which step you are on and choosing your own Writer's Path. You will know when "you are walking someone else's path instead of your own." You will put your writing first, "learning as you go," "tackling your to do list later," and "ridding yourself of the perpetual self doubt machine of comparison." And, you may very well write that book you have been dreaming about. (Note: All quotations are taken from Seven Steps on the Writer's Path.)