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A Writer’s Process

Five Steps from Blank Page to Finished Manuscript

How does the spark for a writing project become a completed work ready for publication? This five-step roadmap helps writers overcome the enemies of their creativity and avoid floundering in self-doubt and procrastination. Ready to make real progress? A Writer’s Process will equip you to power through any type of writing with direction, clarity, and confidence.

  Author Diana Pavlac Glyer  

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Diana Pavlac Glyer, PhD, is an internationally recognized speaker and teacher renowned for her focus on collaboration, creativity, and community. She serves as a professor in the Honors College at Azusa Pacific University, where she teaches an integrated Great Books curriculum encompassing literature, history, theology, and philosophy. An award-winning writer, Glyer’s research centers on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings. Her acclaimed book, The Company They Keep (2008), provides an in-depth account of Lewis and Tolkien’s writing process, highlighting how encouragement, praise, criticism, and conflict shaped their fellowship and their works. In Bandersnatch (2015), Glyer explores lessons on creativity, productivity, and collaboration drawn from the Inklings’ example. Additionally, she has authored a series of Christian devotional books titled Clay in the Potter’s Hands: Recognizing the Extraordinary Work of God in Your Ordinary, Everyday Life. A new edition, revised specifically for artists and ceramics students, is forthcoming from Square Halo Press. Her most recent book, The Major and the Missionary: The Letters of Warren Hamilton Lewis and Blanche Biggs, was published in 2023 by Rabbit Room Press. The book presents the correspondence between C.S. Lewis' brother, Warren Lewis, who lived in Oxford, and Blanche Biggs, a missionary in Papua New Guinea. Over the years that followed, he and Blanche, shared vibrant conversations that encompassed their views on faith, their politics, their humor, the legacy of C.S. Lewis, and their own trials and longings. Their letters paint a colorful portrait that illuminates not only the particulars of distant times and places, but the intimate contours of a rare friendship. Currently, Glyer is collaborating with Abigail Dengler on the Writer’s Foundation series, designed to guide writers from blank pages to finished manuscripts. The first book in this series will be launched in Spring 2025.

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