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Writing in Flow: Keys to Enhanced Creativity

by Susan K. Perry

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Flow is the sense of inspired freedom that comes when you lose yourself completely in an activity, allowing time, duty and worry to melt away. For writer's, words pour out in a continuous, creative stream. In Writing In Flow, Dr. Susan Perry shows writers how to achieve and maintain a sense of flow in their own work, everything from defining what it is to making it happen--even when facing writer's block. Throughout, more than 75 best-selling and award-winning writers reveal their techniques for enhancing their writing creativity and productivity.- National bestseller- Foreword by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of the New York Times best- selling book Flow- Addresses every writer's core need: to be more creative and prolific- Features insights from dozens of big-name writers, including Jane Smiley, Sue Grafton and moreSusan Perry holds a Ph.D. in social psychology and teaches psychology and writing at Woodbury University. She is the author of Fun Time, Family Time and the award-winning Playing Smart. Perry has also written more than 700 articles, mostly on psychology and child development, for publications such as USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Parenting, Woman's World and Working World. She lives in Los Angeles, California.… (more)

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I, like most people, bought this book hoping that the mysteries of consistently entering that wonderful state of flow would be revealed.

Alas, what I found instead were interviews with dozens of writers mainly explaining what flow is. Chances are, if you don't know what flow is then you probably wouldn't be interested in the book in the first place. In fact, the first 40 pages or so are spent entirely with defining "flow". The rest of the book is variations of the same theme.

While she does reveal working habits of writers, she admits that just because something works for someone it doesn't mean it will work for you. I could have figured that out for free.

I think Ray Bradbury summed it up much more succinctly in his essay "Zen in the Art of Writing" - "Work. Relaxation. Don't think!". That advice from a master will go much farther in helping you get into flow than anything Susan Perry has to say in her book. ( )
  Canadian_Down_Under | Oct 28, 2011 |
I have not finished this book, but it is unusual and reflective...stirring. It seems a little bit ominous or overwhelming, but it looks to be a deep journey into the craft. ( )
  bonbooko | Jul 15, 2006 |
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Flow is the sense of inspired freedom that comes when you lose yourself completely in an activity, allowing time, duty and worry to melt away. For writer's, words pour out in a continuous, creative stream. In Writing In Flow, Dr. Susan Perry shows writers how to achieve and maintain a sense of flow in their own work, everything from defining what it is to making it happen--even when facing writer's block. Throughout, more than 75 best-selling and award-winning writers reveal their techniques for enhancing their writing creativity and productivity.- National bestseller- Foreword by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of the New York Times best- selling book Flow- Addresses every writer's core need: to be more creative and prolific- Features insights from dozens of big-name writers, including Jane Smiley, Sue Grafton and moreSusan Perry holds a Ph.D. in social psychology and teaches psychology and writing at Woodbury University. She is the author of Fun Time, Family Time and the award-winning Playing Smart. Perry has also written more than 700 articles, mostly on psychology and child development, for publications such as USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Parenting, Woman's World and Working World. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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