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Book Title: Deep Writing|
The author of the book: Eric Maisel
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 21.79 MB
Date of issue: February 8th 1999
ISBN 13: 9780874779479
Read full description of the books Deep Writing:I read this book while still in school writing short stories for the first time. This is a review I wrote then, eight years ago.
Maisel’s book supports the notion that writers can take control of the process of writing through a series of practical exercises, which allows one to write “...passionately and well about those things that really matter to you.”
One facet of the writing process that perplexed me is how one develops an idea. The second of Maisel’s principles deals with intention. I hadn’t realize how bereft of intention I was till I worked through laying out an action plan that includes Maisel’s TIPS exercise, “Themes, Intention, Plan, Steps.”
Throughout the book he uses examples of five fictional writers to illustrate the different ways one might utilize the exercises. Since I have no writers in my life, I found it helpful to experience these exercise through these imagined writers and how they may be utilized.
I was surprised to find such a practical and sensible chapter on choice. Primarily, the choice of writing for yourself or for the marketplace. He explains the reality of a writers life and points out choices you can make that may be of more benefit to you commercially. And more importantly,that writing with the intention of keeping the marketplace in mind doesn’t make you a sell out or creatively inferior. He points out the perils and pitfalls of writing for both yourself and the marketplace, leaving the choice of importance up to you.
The other principles, Honoring the Process, Befriending the Work, Evaluating the Work, and Doing What’s Required, brings you more fully into the process. I enjoyed working through this book, and developed a deeper understanding of the writing routine.
I’d recommend this book to any writer struggling with taking their work more seriously.
Read information about the authorEric Maisel, Ph.D., is the author of more than 40 books in the areas of creativity, coaching, mental health, and cultural trends. He is a psychotherapist and creativity coach, and writes for Psychology Today and Professional Artist Magazine and presents workshops internationally.
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