The blank page, the impossible deadline, the rush of inspiration: There is no profession more maddening or more rewarding than being a writer. Yet surprisingly, all writers pass through the same sequence of stages in the course of their careers. It was this remarkable insight that inspired veteran authors Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott to write one of the wisest and liveliest guides to the literary life ever penned— a volume of astonishing revelation, warm reassurance, brilliant encouragement, and welcome humor. No matter what you write or how much recognition you’ve received, you are bound to pass through the seven steps on the writer’s path: Unhappiness, Wanting, Commitment, Wavering, Letting Go, Immersion, and Fulfillment.
Whether you’re a wannabe writer or a published literary veteran, you’re bound to find this book a source of true delight, vital wisdom, and lasting inspiration.
Reviews and Endorsements:
“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED . . . SEVEN STEPS is a terrific writer’s guide with practical advice and great wisdom for both the novice and veteran.”
Author of No Second Chance
“I can give you seven reasons to buy this book for every writer you know. It’s fresh, insightful, candid, funny, supportive, encouraging, and wise.”
“I WISH I’D HAD THIS BOOK TWENTY YEARS AGO! Pickard and Lott illuminate every writer’s essential challenge—the creative process, the evolution from idea to finished product. An absolute must for anyone who writes.”
—T. J. MACGREGOR
Edgar Award–winning author of Out of Sight
“Every writer gets lost from time to time on the creative journey, and when that happens, it’s nice to encounter a friendly and helpful companion like Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path. Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott light the path and guide us out of the darkness one step at a time.”
Edgar Award–winning author of Prophecy Rock
“This book made me want to walk straight to the computer and start writing.”
Author of Shop Till You Drop: A Dead-End Job Mystery
“Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path is a must-read, must-absorb, must-follow for anyone who has ever even dreamed of becoming a writer. Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott brilliantly define the joys and jolts all of us encounter on the tortuous road to publication and beyond, along with excellent practical tips for how-to stay the daunting, difficult course and make those writing dreams a reality.”
Author of Every Step You Take
“Seven Steps offers much good advice, both practical and motivational, that’s been time- and career-tested. This would be a pleasing companion as you embark on a book project in any genre.”
—SUSAN K. PERRY
Author of Writing in Flow: Keys to Enhanced Creativity
“With this enlightening book for writers, we find two authors who not only understand the truth about the writer’s life, but also communicate it with flat out honesty, a dose of impishness, and always an abundance of heart.”
—GAIL PROVOST STOCKWELL
Cofounder, Write It/Sell It Seminars and
Workshops, and Writers Retreat Workshop
About the Authors:
Nancy Pickard has authored sixteen critically acclaimed mystery novels and dozens of short stories. Her popular works have garnered an Anthony Award, a Shamus Award, Agatha Awards, Macavity Awards, and an Edgar nomination. A former president and founding member of Sisters in Crime, she has been a full-time professional writer for thirty-five years. Prior to writing fiction, she worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, a corporate writer, and a freelance writer. She lives in Prairie Village, Kansas.
A licensed family therapist who holds two master’s degrees in counseling and psychology, Lynn Lott has taught parenting, trained family therapists, and worked for years as an associate professor at Sonoma State University. She is a diplomate in the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, the highest achievement in that group. Her self-help books include Positive Discipline A-Z, Positive Discipline for Teenagers, Positive Discipline for Parenting in Recovery, Positive Discipline in the Classroom, Do-It-Yourself Therapy, and Chores Without Wars. The mother of two and stepmother of two, she lives with her husband and dogs, dividing their time between California and Florida.