Some books are part of one's life for many, many years. This is such an enterprise, and its slow but steady growth was helped by my family, my friends, and my students. I owe a special debt to Professor Howard Gruber, who shared his vast knowledge of cognition and creativity with me during many talks, and to the later writer Anaïs Nin, who read an early chapter and provided much needed encouragement. My colleagues in New York, California, and New Mexico arranged introductions to potential interviewees, and discussed ideas with me. Many of them are listed in the back of this book among the names of those interviewed.
The staff of the University of New Mexico press has been supportive and committed to this work, and my editor, David Holtby, applied the right mixture of pressure, thoughtful suggestions, and caring to get a busy professor to finish her favorite, but often neglected, task. A fellowship from the Office of Education (a Mina Shaughnessy Scholars program) helped me to devote some concentrated time to write about writing. My thanks to Joan Bossert, my editor at Oxford University Press, whose belief in this book made the revised edition possible. Finally, Nancy Gage, Carolyn Panofsky, and Teresa Meehan were among the many individuals at the University of New Mexico who gave me assistance with editing, typing, and other necessary chores in preparing this manuscript for the publisher.