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Do you know your best writing process? Do you trust it?
Writing isn’t a single skill—it combines mental processes and activities ranging from idea generation to polishing and publishing. It’s a process that may look slightly different for each of us.
The strongest writers develop and trust a process that works for them at every stage of the work.
When we ignore the process, we get stuck—waiting for inspiration or beating ourselves up for not finding the time to write.
This book guides you through understanding your own best process, whether you’re creating prose or poetry, and whether you write for work, school, fun, or profit.
Master the Inner Game of Writing
The Writer’s Process combines the proven practices of successful authors with cognitive science research about how our minds work.
In these pages, you’ll find:
- Why waiting for inspiration doesn’t work (and how to build creativity into your writing life)
- Strategies for making time to write in a busy, interrupt-driven life
- How to get over the initial anxiety of the blank page and make reliable progress
- What to do if writer’s block shows up
Find out why so many writers have found this award-winning book helped them improve their creativity and productivity—and then get started on your own best process.
The Writer's Process is a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Silver Medal winner.
From the Publisher
Three key concepts from The Writer's Process
Like bread making, writing is a mystical combination of recipe and technique, mastery and luck.
Sometimes things happen when you're not actively kneading the dough.
Find the writing recipe that works for you.
If you need help putting the ideas in this book into practice, find The Writer's Process Workbook here on Amazon.
Incubation is the part of the writing process that no one talks about.
It makes you a more creative, productive writer.
Put intentional incubation to work in your writing life.
"Full of science-backed suggestions for solving nearly any writing problem, THE WRITER'S PROCESS is a worthy addition to the collections of aspiring and experienced writers alike." -- IndieReader
"This is one of the best books on writing that I have had the pleasure to read. I recommend this book to all writers in all genres. There is something here for everyone!" --Carla Trueheart, Reader's Favorite review
"A finely crafted writer's guide." --Judge, 25th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
"Finally someone has taken the cutting edge research in cognitive science and applied it to the craft of writing. Anne Janzer's The Writer's Process will give you practical advice on how to beat resistance and get your writing done."--Tim Grahl, author of Your First 1000 Copies
"If you've ever struggled with getting your ideas out of your brain and onto something others can access (and who hasn't?), Anne's book is for you."--Ann Handley, author of Everybody Writes
About the Author
- ASIN : B01G99B5LS
- Publisher : Cuesta Park Consulting (June 10, 2016)
- Publication date : June 10, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1233 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 203 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #217,537 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book is very professionally researched and written, reflecting her exceptional skills. She writes on spec, for her blog, every day, and makes what I expect is a good living at it. Her focus and valuable insights on the development of a writing practice, something I don't currently have, is compelling. It's a hard habit to develop. The theme here is HARD.
I'm a consultant and have been researching and refining my practice for 30 years and it dawned on me that if i don't communicate my body of specific and unique knowledge in some digestible way, all that work and successful implementation will die with me. It is time to put it where it can make a difference.
Gathering and organizing many gigs of that research (Step 1) took me well over a month. Once that was done I felt like I'd accomplished a great deal of the initial work. But that was easier than Step 2-Incubation, i.e., making sense of the research and developing insights that turn it into something of value for a reader. Anne's references to the two parts of your brain -the Scribe and the Muse - that have to tag-team through the process is actually quite helpful.
Bottom line, nothing in The Writer's Process makes the project any easier. What it does is tell the truth about what's necessary to get it done in such an accessible way that it made me feel that I could actually do it.
Anne is extremely upbeat, but never sugar coats the work involved or ever implies that she'll turn you into a writer. I am a lifelong learner, so I have read enough crap about "10 easy steps to whatever" and "write your book in 27 days" and other such claptrap that I can smell a marketing ploy a mile away. I never caught even a whiff of that here.
After I finished reading the book I discussed it and my admiration for it with a colleague who is already a prolific blogger and podcaster. He bought it, read it, then came into my office and said "I didn't like it. She wanted me to do stuff."
Yeah she does.
My copy is full of dog ears, highlights, post its, and flags. As I do this work I continue to refer to it, not because i missed anything (I have a notebook devoted to important parts and specific insights to my own material and needs), but because she knows her stuff so well that my experience implementing makes her material more valuable as I go.
To be clear, I don't have a book yet and I'm probably another two or three weeks from starting to draft, but when I start that draft it will be what I have been planning from the start and I know what it will take to cross the finish line.
Whether I publish or not, this puppy's getting down on paper. By then I believe it will be worth publishing because (not to put too blunt a point on it) it will change lives.
Good luck to you.
Or, maybe it doesn't. Maybe, like the baseball, tennis, or golf player, you find yourself consistently stumbling in certain areas of writing, so it becomes frustrating. This is when we tend to seek out tips and tricks...or...we look at how our personal process compares to best practices and fundamentals.
That's what The Writer's Process was for me. Anne Janzer pulled back the curtain on how the different parts of our brains function during the writing process, so we can see where we might be able to practice to improve areas where we stumble.
For me, learning about the "hand-off" between her "Scribe" and "Muse" characters (two parts of our brains) was critical. For example: I dwell on topics when I take breaks from writing; they tug at me as loose ends and make it hard to focus on doing other things. So I go back to writing and neglect tasks that might have deadlines associated with them. This is bad, but the breaks and the ideas of loose ends are actually part of the writing process! Now that I've learned this, I'm looking at that break period from a more informed perspective, plus, Anne provided some helpful tips to make that "tugging" go away.
Very happy to have discovered this book; I'm always proud of what I write and how my writing is received by my audience, but the process wasn't always fun or efficient, and as you saw above, it messes with my productivity elsewhere. Looking forward to changing that by implementing what I learned in The Writer's Process. Thank you Anne!
Although this book is ostensibly about writing, there are many, many insights into the writing process that are very applicable to tackling development projects or simply finding more effective ways to work. She cites a lot of science that explains how our brain functions and why it leads to moments of brilliance and great productivity or tortured writing and procrastination, about why we tackle some projects with eagerness, or why we approach it with trepidation.
This book has recently won a slew of awards, and they are well deserved. Although the topic might seem irrelevant if you’re not a professional (or aspiring) writer, I found it light, engrossing, and motivating, and it made me think about how I tackle all sorts of thing, not just writing.
It’s a short book that you could read in a couple of sittings (even if you’re a slow reader as I am). But I’d encourage you not to binge read it as her insights are worth spending time digesting.
If I weren’t retired, I would have bought copies for all of the folks who reported to me. Most of them had to write as part of their jobs, and they all lead software development projects. This book would have helped in all aspects of their jobs.
Top reviews from other countries
I learned my craft over the years from other authors’ reports of their methods. Many of them are gathered here, you could save a lot of time by reading this.
Einziger Minuspunkt ist aus meiner Sicht, dass einige wenige Abschnitte des Buches doch eher für Sachbuchautoren geeignet sind, als für Romanautoren, vor allem wenn es darum geht Ideen oder Arbeitsschritte zu strukturieren und zu planen, und den First Draft zu schreiben.
Dennoch kann man sowohl als Sachbuch- als auch als Romanautorin viel aus dem Büchlein mitnehmen.
This book is worth reading, but we cannot follow it blindly.