The Writer's Process - Getting Your Brain in Gear
How much do I want to read more? 8/10
Love this short book, and love the author's style and philosophy. It both encourage to write efficiently, creatively, productively. With depth, with a message, and yet get the work done. To give all the chances on your side.
Get inspired with many styles and make your own. Writing is highly personal, yet this book his highly recommanded for anyone who love writing.
“Research-based, hands-on, step-by-step wisdom that can help you wrestle with the lizard brain. Certain to help thousands of would-be writers write.”
-- Seth Godin
“Creativity isn’t a mystery and neither is writing. The Writer’s Process gives readers a clear-cut process to distill their ideas and get them down on paper more quickly…but also more powerfully.”
-- David Burkus
INTRODUCTION - THE SEARCH FOR A BETTER PROCESS
Tolstoy opens Anna Karenina with this premise: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Happy writers develop their own unique ways of working; unhappy ones face similar problems.
Writing is intensely personal. Productive writers develop strategies that suit their individual personalities and environments.
When things go well, the words seem to pour from us, and we access thoughts and phrases from the mysterious depths of our minds.
- Why do I sometimes become completely engrossed in the words and lose all track of time, while other times I can hardly eke out a single sentence? How can I get more of those fun and fluid episodes and fewer of the agonizing ones?
- How can I fit the contemplative act of composition into the whirl of daily life?
- Why do my best ideas come in the shower, and how can I make use of that?
- What should I do when I feel completely stuck and the deadline is almost upon me?
The world is filled with writers, and it needs still more. The best writing creates moments of communion between author and reader.
A story engrosses you, or a turn of phrase resonates deeply with your own experience. In that instant, you connect with another person through words.
As readers, we must be more selective; as writers, we risk contributing to the noise and getting lost in its clamor.
Writers have always struggled with the same core issues: getting the work done (productivity) and creating something worth reading (creativity).
And, unless you believe that misery is necessary for true art, aim for a third goal: making the process enjoyable, cultivating a fulfilling and happy life that includes writing.
This book is for you to master the inner game of the craft in your own particular way.
It’s a practical guide to what’s going on inside the writer’s mind and how that affects the work.
- Part One: The Inner Gears. the mental processes that are highly relevant to the act of writing, including attention, creativity, self-discipline, and flow.
- Part Two: The Process, Start to Finish. A seven-step recipe.
- Part Three: Writers in the World. finding time to write, overcoming writer’s block.
- Productivity. Fit tasks to your abilities, environment, and schedules. Make progress during times you’re not actively sitting at the keyboard or desk. Lose track of time while drafting.
- Creativity. Schedule incubation and invite inspiration. Learn to listen to ideas and insights happening below the level of your conscious, narrating mind.
- Enjoyment. inviting the state of flow. Approach the writing process with a growth mindset.