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From the Stacks: Puzzles, writing meet in creative book

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Have you ever wondered the process that leads to the end result of what you read? You don't get to see what comes before: the blank page starting to fill with thoughts, words assembling into sentences, phrases snipped, paragraphs rearranged and words replaced. If that sounds something like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, you begin to understand the premise of Peter Turchi's book “A Muse & A Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic.” In his previous book, “Maps of the Imagination,” Turchi compares writing to map creation, deciding how much detail needs to be included while helping the reader identify they are in relation to the world. Here, he finds links between writing, puzzles, illusions, and life. Many day-to-day tasks we encounter are puzzle-like: the shortest route to finishing all your errands, laying out a website or setting up soccer schedules. The solution to life's […]

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