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The Writer's Process: Getting Your Brain in Gear Kindle Edition
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Want to be a better writer? Improve your process.
Writing is an intensely personal act, yet all writers face similar problems related to focus, procrastination, creativity, and productivity.
When you learn to work with your brain instead of against it, you'll get more done and have more fun.
Master the Inner Game of Writing
The Writer's Process combines proven practices of successful authors with cognitive science research about how our minds work.
- How to invite creativity and flow into your writing process
- Why separating writing into different steps makes you more productive
- How to overcome writer's block, negative feedback, and distractions
- How to make time for writing in a busy, interrupt-driven life
The Writer's Process is a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Silver Medal winner.
"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 : 1216 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 203 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #119,651 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.
Anne Janzer writes non-fiction, which is what I do. From the many enthusiastic reviews, I thought I might learn something new from “The Writer’s Process”.
I did not.
There is nothing new in this book. It is a recitation of literally the process many writers follow in creating their work, along with a references to a lot of books, studies, examples and anecdotes that have also been mentioned in some other books.
In short, this isn’t a bad book. It will likely be helpful to someone lacking writing experience.
I do think the author made a mistake in narrating the audio version. There’s nothing irritating with her voice. But she’s reading it, maintaining a pretty even tone. There’s no fire in her presentation, no excitement.
Overall, probably okay for a new writer, but those with experience may not find very helpful
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!
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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.