The Natural Creative Process in Writing
A Core Writing and Editing Handbook for Everyone
Your writing and editing companion
The Natural Creative Process in Writing: A Core Writing and Editing Handbook for Everyone takes you through the process of writing any text – including documents and books – from start to finish. The underlying natural creative process is the same for writing fiction (novels, novellas, short-stories, plays, poems, film scripts) and non-fiction (such as, blogs, essays, letters, emails, theses, dissertations, reports, proposals, viability studies, feasibility studies, impact studies, business plans, cookery books, memoirs, autobiographies).
In this handbook, experienced writer and copyeditor Russell de la Porte presents a detailed description of the psychology of the natural creative process. His observations synthesize the different states of mind that correspond with the stages of the natural creative process. These are linked to the appropriate brain modes that are activated during each stage and state.
Managing yourself in the writing process – as just one kind of natural creative process – is easiest with an understanding of your natural mind-state and brain-mode disposition. Hence, this writing handbook also deals with self-management during the natural creative process, as a vital aspect of starting and concluding your writing projects.
A set of useful, effective and stage-appropriate writing tools makes this a comprehensive writing companion for everyone – including, academics, artists, businesspeople, students, parents and writers – at work and at play. Comprehensive addenda will aid those needing information on English language structuring conventions (grammar) and punctuation.
If writing is a key part of your work and your life, or if you create using words, this book will enhance your creativity, your work and your writing, and enrich your life.
This little book manages to integrate, with remarkable succinctness, a philosophy of writing (and potentially of living) with highly practical observations on implementation, drawing, for example, on the languages of both project management ('initiation, planning, execution, closure') and the mythology of the elements (water, air, earth, fire). In an acute and sympathetic account of 'the natural creative process', de la Porte makes clear that the rational, analytic, organising power of the mind is not (or does not need to be) at odds with our imaginative, associative capacity; rather, they make up - in infinitely varying proportions in different individuals and in different stages - complementary aspects of a process that is accessible to all of us. Sense and sensibility, form and freedom: each of us is working on finding the balance that is our own.
Having established both the inevitability and the excitement of this balancing act, de la Porte provides practical and sympathetic guidelines on the kinds of mind states that are likely to be most helpful at any given stage of the creative process. This is followed by detailed and exceptionally well informed sections on 'Language structuring' (not only the broad structures of sentences and paragraphing, but particular elements of grammar and syntax), 'Punctuation' (the fullest practical overview of this neglected area of language use that I have come across) and 'Editing checklists' (briefly pulling together all the elements previously discussed).
Altogether this is an exceptionally useful and succinct handbook on writing and the creative process.