Escaping Into the Open: The Art of Writing True

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Harper Collins, May 30, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 223 pages
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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 life.

Both autobiography and primer, Escaping into the Open interweaves Elizabeth Berg's story of her own journey from working mother to published novelist with encouraging advice on how to create stories that spring from deep within the heart.

With wit and honesty, Elizabeth Berg provides numerous exercises that will unleash individual creativity and access and utilize all of the 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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User Review  - Sharon - Goodreads

I love it when authors I admire write about how they write. This is a compact book that describes a bit of Berg's process and provides ideas for budding writers - everything from setting up your work ... Read full review


My Story
Getting Started
In Your Own Words
Exercises to Unleash Your Creativity
The Passionate Writer
Making the Move from Nonfiction to Fiction
Techniques for Getting Unstuck
Take Them or Leave Them
Myths to Ignore
Writing Groups
The Business of Writing
Food for Creative Thought
Last Lines

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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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