Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True
Elizabeth Berg touches women's lives with heartbreakingly funny and true novels -- including the New York Times bestseller Talk Before Sleep -- that distinctly capture the essence of their lives. Now this critically acclaimed author and writing instructor offers an inspiring, practical handbook on the joys, challenges, and creative possibilities inherent in the writing lif...more
In addition to good, common-sense advice and exercises for writers at every level of their career, Elizabeth weaves in stories for the hear ...more
I have read the book twice. the first time I read it through without stopping, ignoring the creative writing exercises completely. The second time I read it slowly, and completed those exercises that inspired me. I will never write as simply and beautifully as Berg, and the things that I did write were autobiographical, not fiction, but they were very meaningful to me. I shall ke ...more
Try very hard to love your work as you do it. This is important. Even as children thrive and flourish when pa ...more
When I am in the mood to read, I want to read. When I am inspired to write, I want to write. The author lumped so many time-consuming writing exercises together in the middle of the book that I almost put the book aside. Instead, I began to do some of the exercises, but my heart wasn't in it so I felt I was not doing a good job of the exercises.
If those exercise ...more
At the halfway mark the time of this review post, I am likely to read this book again, immediately after completing it the first go'round. Immensely helpful and loaded with personal wisdom and guidance, Berg's writing voice feels as if she is speaking directly to me, you, the reader.
I have done, and am doing, some of the homework, especially the large journal she asks the reader t ...more
"I think a life of wishes, once we are adults, is no life at all. It is one thing, as children, when we are powerless, to turn to stars and wishbones and candles on a cake to make dreams come true. But as ad ...more
Very inspiring and uplifting. For anyone who's ever thought of becoming a full time writer but doesn't have the necessary drive or self-bel ...more
In addition to the interesting writing exercises she suggests, I loved reading about HOW she writes - her routines, her workspace, etc. A voyeuristic peek into the life of one of my favorite writers.
The timeless advice felt honest, but also doable.
The only drawback was the obsolete info. A lot has changed in the world of publishing since 1999, especially the manuscript submission process.
Highly recommend to writers.
A second start because all she writes is sound advice. Just dull as doornails. Skip this one. Stick with Bird by Bird.