Today it is my pleasure to welcome author Bonni Goldberg and her non-fiction book, The Write Balance.
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.
About Bonni Goldberg
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.
Two Surprises from Bonni Goldberg
I got the chance to ask this author a question, so I inquired as to what single piece of advice in her book she thought would surprise people the most. She asked me if she could give me two. Of course 🙂
She says …
I’m not so great with single. May I cover two? First, writing advice books, including mine, are filled with what you should do like write, revise, and publish. But along with tips, exercises and perspectives about the excellent reasons writers should do these things, I include good reasons not to do them sometimes. I hope people find those sections refreshing, as well as useful. The second type of advice readers may be surprised by is the physical body exercises I offer. Think of them like writer yoga, only they aren’t for tight shoulders or carpel tunnel. They’re mind-body exercises. I wish everyone tries at least one. We spend so much time in our minds as writers. The body is a powerful writing resource for balance and change, too.
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Yes, there is a giveaway
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.
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My Favorite Excerpt
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.
Bonni Goldberg — we appreciate your sharing your book The Write Balance with us! Best of luck with sales, and with all of your future writing.