Bonni Goldberg introduces you to alternative perspectives and motivation for lasting creative fulfillment.
Welcome to one of the April 25th stops on the blog tour for The Write Balance by Bonni Goldberg with Goddess Fish Promotions. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for spotlights, reviews, author guest posts, and a giveaway! More on that at the end of this post.
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About the Book
The Write Balance
How to Embrace Percolation, Revison & Going Public
by Bonni Goldberg
Published 24 January 2022
Genre: Non-fiction, Writing Advice
Page Count: 233
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In The Write Balance, the companion book to the beloved bestseller, Room to Write, Bonni Goldberg demonstrates how to find fulfillment as a writer by embracing three key aspects of writing: 1) Percolation: what takes place before a first draft is written; 2) Revision: the writer’s role after the initial draft; and 3) Going Public: the writer’s mission once the writing is done. Filled with tools, examples and exercises, Bonni’s guide offers motives, choices, and encouragement for writers to appreciate and to be creative in the phases before and beyond a first draft. Whether you’re new to writing or a pro, become more passionate and balanced in your writing life.
If percolation is really such an essential element of the writing process, why do we resist it? For one thing, many people feel impatient about it. It requires a state of stillness we are not accustomed to. For another thing, sometimes being as free form in our writing process as we are during percolation creates anxiety. Without our ideas firmly planted in writing, we feel dizzy and out of control. Also, most of us learn to accomplish our goals by taking tangible actions, especially when it comes to writing. We count words, pages, chapters. As a result, even writing teachers feel compelled to provide students with word-generating activities to get their uncensored words out or to help them avoid procrastination. Procrastination is a myriad of excuses for not writing. Sometimes we confuse it with percolation because in both cases we’re not producing visible words. The similarities between the two make us uncomfortable; but percolation isn’t procrastination. We need the energy percolating supplies to our ideas. The psyche is at work. Our senses are attuned inward. We’re feeding our idea.
My Rating: 5 Stars
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I was granted complimentary access to The Write Balance by Bonni Goldberg as part of my participation in a blog tour for this title with Goddess Fish Promotions. Thank you to all involved in affording me this opportunity! My thoughts are my own and my review is honest.
As with any writing advice sort of non-fiction title reviewed on Westveil Publishing, I do so for selfish reasons. I want all the advice! Goldberg’s advice is refreshingly against the grain in a way that feels very validating of writers who approach writing the way I always have. I know, I know, I don’t have any full-length novels floating around out there in the world of published work yet, plenty would tell me I’ve embraced percolation to my detriment, but this book has tips and tricks for making this method actually work and eventually lead to following through with your goals. If like me you’ve never been a sit down and wrestle an outline into existence then follow it sort, nor a start writing and a brilliant 90k best seller will appear sort, then the process in this book just might be the missing in between you’ve been looking for. If you, like me, are the I’m going to plan this book in the shower and as I fall asleep for the next 6 months sort, this is the advice you need to go from a bunch of disjointed shower thoughts with a plot arch to promoting your finished and published novel.
About the Author
Bonni Goldberg is the author of The Write Balance: How to Embrace Percolation, Revision & Going Public, the companion book to the best-seller Room to Write: Daily Invitations to a Writer’s Life. Bonni is an award-winning poet and writer. She is the creator of the 2 Minute Journals™ series. Both traditionally and indie published, her books include non-fiction for adults and fiction and non-fiction for young readers. Her essays and blog posts can be found in numerous print and online publications.
Bonni teaches creative writing at colleges and leads writing workshops internationally for all ages. She knows everyone is creative, and she supports people to discover and share their authentic, meaningful and imaginative experiences through words.
Whether through her writings or through teaching, her methods and perspectives continue to empower thousands of adults, families, and children.
Bonni is also a Jewish educator. She speaks, writes, and leads workshops on Jewish topics such as Jewish identity, rituals and antisemitism at Jewish women’s events, JCCs, and conferences.
Bonni Goldberg lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner in life, and some creative projects, artist Geo Kendall.
Bonni Goldberg will be awarding a prize to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, the winner can choose between a 30 minute coaching call, a Q&A Zoom with their group, or feedback on 3 double spaced pages of their work (via email). In addition, a free ebook about balancing writing & marketing will be given to everyone who enters the raffle. Bonni Goldberg will also award a prize to a randomly drawn host.a Rafflecopter giveaway
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