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For many writers, the act of getting words down on paper is the most important part of the creative process. But the heat of creation offers only fleeting excitement. In Beyond the Words
, Bonni Goldberg, author of the beloved bestseller Room to Write
, illuminates the writer's path to more lasting and reliable fulfillment.
As Goldberg has learned through years of teaching in workshops and classrooms, writers who are most passionate and grounded about their work tend to concentrate not merely on the genesis of a first draft but also on three often ignored aspects of writing: nurturing ideas, revising to best communicate those ideas, and completing the cycle of writing by going public.
In this exquisite guide, Goldberg invites you to explore these overlooked creative stages, which are essential to leading a satisfied life as a writer. Shifting your focus away from generating words, she champions instead the more nourishing goal of leading "the whole writer's life." She describes alternative sources of motivation to help you realize and maintain balance, flow, and health in your work.
Rich with encouragement, tools, examples, and exercises, Beyond the Words is sure to add depth and delight to your writing.
Much attention has been paid by experts to the raw creative process. But, says Bonni Goldberg, to be fulfilled as a writer, you have to do more than write. How do you get ideas? How do you shape those ideas as creatively as possible? And how can you share your work with others once you've created it? The answers to these questions can be found in three key aspects of writing that often get short shrift:
* Percolation: what takes place before a first draft is written;
* Revision: the writer's role after the initial draft; and
* Going Public: the writer's mission once the writing is done.
In Beyond the Words, Goldberg presents anecdotes, essays, examples, and exercises to help writers realize and maintain balance, flow, and health in their work by being mindful of the whole writing process. Supplying tools for invoking maximum creativity through and beyond a first draft, she offers motives, options, and encouragement to help writers become more passionate and grounded in their writing lives.
About the Author
Bonni Goldberg is an award-winning poet and writer. She has taught creative writing at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore, and leads creative writing workshops across the country.