Escaping into the Open: the Art of Writing True

Escaping into the Open: the Art of Writing True

Escaping into the Open: the Art of Writing True

Harper Collins - 2000

What's it About?

This is a non-fiction book on writing. Included here is my story: how I began writing all the way up to what my life as a writer is like now. There are exercises designed to stimulate your creativity, there's practical information about agents and editors, there's a chapter devoted to making the transition from non-fiction to fiction and so much more. I'm very pleased with the reaction this book got: I really do think it helps people.

What was the inspiration?

I wanted to have one place where I put everything I knew and believed about writing. I also wanted to act as a kind of literary cheerleader: debunking myths, suggesting that writing really isn't all that hard, and urging people interested in writing to go right ahead and try it.

A random quote from the book

"Sound can fine-tune the description of a place. Consider what you might hear at 7:30 in the evening in these three places, all of them restaurants: a four-star hotel dining room, a truck stop, a Dairy Queen on a hot summer night."