Escaping Into the Open: The Art of Writing True

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Harper Collins, Aug 21, 2012 - Reference - 256 pages
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Both autobiography and primer, Escaping into the Open is an inspiring, practical handbook on the joys and challenges of the writing life. Renowned author and writing instructor Elizabeth Berg interweaves the story of her own journey from working mother to bestselling novelist with encouraging advice on how to create stories that spring from the heart. Continually in print since its original 1999 publication, this invaluable resource is a true and constant friend to all writers, no matter their stage of development.

With wit and honesty, Berg provides numerous exercises that will unleash individual creativity and utilize all five senses. Most important, she tells how to fire passion—emotion—into writing itself; to break through personal barriers and reach one's own outer limits and beyond.


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User Review  - AlekG - LibraryThing

One of my favorite books on writing, sure to be a classic, like Brenda Uelands, "If You Want to Write." It's a good balance between inspiration, writing exercises, biography, as well as practical ... Read full review

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This is a great writing advice book. I actually liked it more than most of her fiction novels. Read full review


Title Page
My Story
In Your Own Words
The Passionate Writer
Making the Move from Nonfiction
Techniques for Getting
Take Them or Leave Them
Myths to Ignore
Writing Groups
The Business of Writing
Food for Creative Thought

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Elizabeth Berg's work has won the NEBA Award for fiction and has been included twice on the ALA Best Books of the Year list. Her novel Open House was an Oprah's Book Club pick, and her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, and the New York Times Magazine. She lives outside Chicago, Illinois.

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