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The Writer's Process: Getting Your Brain in Gear Paperback – June 7, 2016
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Anne H. Janzer utilizes cognitive science for writers to circumvent creative roadblocks in this handy guide. 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.
"A finely crafted writer's guide." -- Judge, 25th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
About the Author
Anne Janzer is a professional writer, author, and writing coach who has worked with more than 100 technology companies. She is the author of The Writer's Process: Getting Your Brain in Gear and Subscription Marketing: Strategies for Nurturing Customers in a World of Churn.
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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!
Ms. Janzer builds upon this metaphor with practical steps and tasks assigned to the Muse and the Scribe as the lays out a process for any writing project.
This book should be mandatory reading for any serious writer. I truly wish I'd been given this book thirty years ago, but I'm grateful that I've read it, and I will recommend it to all my writerly friends as well as a few others who don't write but need to organize their thoughts.
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.
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