Writing Down the Bones

Freeing the Writer Within

Author: Natalie Goldberg

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834821132

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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For more than thirty years Natalie Goldberg has been challenging and cheering on writers with her books and workshops. In her groundbreaking first book, she brings together Zen meditation and writing in a new way. Writing practice, as she calls it, is no different from other forms of Zen practice—"it is backed by two thousand years of studying the mind." This thirtieth-anniversary edition includes new forewords by Julia Cameron and Bill Addison. It also includes a new preface in which Goldberg reflects on the enduring quality of the teachings here. She writes, "What have I learned about writing over these thirty years? I’ve written fourteen books, and it’s the practice here in Bones that is the foundation, sustaining and building my writing voice, that keeps me honest, teaches me how to endure the hard times and how to drop below discursive thinking, to taste the real meat of our minds and the life around us."

Creative Journal Writing

The Art and Heart of Reflection

Author: Stephanie Dowrick

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440659419

Category: Self-Help

Page: 272

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Winner of the COVR Award for Book of the Year (2007) From the #1 creativity publisher in the country comes our latest creativity bestseller—Creative Journal Writing—the ultimate book for those who are looking to use this powerful tool to heal, expand, and transform their lives. In this exceptionally positive and encouraging book, Stephanie Dowrick frees the journal writer she believes is in virtually everyone, showing through stories and examples that a genuine sense of possibility can be revived on every page. Creative journal writing goes way beyond just recording events on paper. It can be the companion that supports but doesn?t judge, a place of unparalleled discovery, and a creative playground where the everyday rules no longer count. Proven benefits of journal writing include reduced stress and anxiety, increased self-awareness, sharpened mental skills, genuine psychological insight, creative inspiration and motivation, strengthened ability to cope during difficult times, and overall physical and emotional well-being. Combining a rich choice of ideas with wonderful stories, quotes, and her refreshingly intimate thoughts gained through a lifetime of writing, Dowrick?s insights and confidence make journal writing irresistible?and your own life more enchanting. Included in Creative Journal Writing are: u stories of how people have used journal writing to transform their lives; · inspirational instructions, guidelines, and quotes; · key principles, practical suggestions, and helpful hints; · 125 starter topics, designed to help even the most reluctant journal writer; · more than forty powerful exercises; · and much more!

Poetry and Story Therapy

The Healing Power of Creative Expression

Author: Geri Giebel Chavis

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1849058326

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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This accessible book explores the therapeutic possibilities of poetry and stories, providing techniques for facilitating personally relevant and growth-enhancing sessions. The author provides ideas for writing activities that emerge from this discussion, and explains how participants can create their own poetic and narrative pieces.

Bird by Bird

Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Author: Anne Lamott

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307424983

Category: Reference

Page: 272

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"A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps." --Los Angeles Times Advice on writing and on life from an acclaimed bestselling author: "Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"

Best of the South

From the Second Decade of New Stories from the South Edited by Shannon Ravenel

Author: Anne Tyler,Shannon Ravenel

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 9781565124707

Category: Fiction

Page: 342

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A collection of Southern literature features twenty stories written from 1996 to 2005 by both famous and first-time writers, including Lee Smith, Max Steele, Gregory Sanders, Stephanie Soileau, and many more, accompanied by incisive introductions by editor Anne Tyler. Original.

Wild Mind

Living the Writer's Life

Author: Natalie Goldberg

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453224599

Category: Reference

Page: 250

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An inspirational, practical, and often lighthearted guide on how to find time to write, how to discover your personal style, and how to make sentences come alive Natalie Goldberg, author of the bestselling Writing Down the Bones, shares her invaluable insight into writing as a source of creative power, and the daily ins and outs of the writer’s task. Topics include balancing mundane responsibilities with a commitment to writing; knowing when to take risks as a writer and a human being; coming to terms with success, failure, and loss; and learning self-acceptance—both in life and art. Thought-provoking and practical, Wild Mind provides an abundance of suggestions for keeping the writing life vital and active, and includes more than thirty provocative “try this” exercises as jump-starters to get your pen moving. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Natalie Goldberg, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Pen on Fire

A Busy Woman's Guide to Igniting the Writer Within

Author: Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156029780

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 262

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A practical and inspiring guide for busy women offers a range of exercises and techniques on how to write meaningfully in fifteen minutes a day, counseling aspiring writers on how to achieve serious writing in between demanding life responsibilities. Original. 30,000 first printing.

Stalebread Charlie and the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band

Author: Michael Mahin

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547942036

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

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Based on a true story, a vibrant, inspirational picture book about self-reliance and the power of creativity and music, in which a group of hungry homeless kids in 19th century New Orleans build their own musical instruments from discarded items and become a successful band. It's 1895, and ten-year-old Stalebread Charlie and his friend Warm Gravy roam the streets of New Orleans, homeless and hungry. Stalebread has heard folks say that music feeds the soul—and he wonders if it could also fill their bellies. Soon he and his friends are playing instruments made out of junk—a fiddle from a cigar box, a kazoo from a comb—until their hats are filled with coins, their bellies are filled with beignets, and their souls are filled with music. This inspiring make-lemonade-from-lemons tale includes author/illustrator notes about the real Stalebread and the research behind the book and a make-your-own-instrument activity.

Writing without Teachers

Author: Peter Elbow

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199766369

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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In Writing Without Teachers, well-known advocate of innovative teaching methods Peter Elbow outlines a practical program for learning how to write. His approach is especially helpful to people who get "stuck" or blocked in their writing, and is equally useful for writing fiction, poetry, and essays, as well as reports, lectures, and memos. The core of Elbow's thinking is a challenge against traditional writing methods. Instead of editing and outlining material in the initial steps of the writing process, Elbow celebrates non-stop or free uncensored writing, without editorial checkpoints first, followed much later by the editorial process. This approach turns the focus towards encouraging ways of developing confidence and inspiration through free writing, multiple drafts, diaries, and notes. Elbow guides the reader through his metaphor of writing as "cooking:" his term for heating up the creative process where the subconscious bubbles up to the surface and the writing gets good. 1998 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Writing Without Teachers. In this edition, Elbow reexamines his program and the subsequent influence his techniques have had on writers, students, and teachers. This invaluable guide will benefit anyone, whether in the classroom, boardroom, or living room, who has ever had trouble writing.

Becoming a Writer

Author: Dorothea Brande

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1329926749

Category: Art

Page: 146

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How to Quickly Learn the Magic of Writing Success For most of my adult life I have been engaged in the writing, the editing, or the criticizing of fiction. I took, and I still take, the writing of fiction seriously. So I make no apology for writing seriously about the problems of fiction writers. I have had firsthand experience with almost every current ""approach"" to the problems of writing. The difficulties of the average student or amateur writer begin long before he has come to the place where he can benefit by technical instruction in story writing. He had longed to hear that there was some magic about writing, and to be initiated into the brotherhood of authors. This book, I believe, will be unique; for I think he is right. I think there is such a magic, and that it is teachable. This book is all about the writer's magic. (From the Introduction.) Scroll Up and Get Your Copy Now.

The Great Spring

Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life

Author: Natalie Goldberg

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834840022

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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From beloved writing teacher and author of the best-selling Writing Down the Bones: a treasury of personal stories reflecting a life filled with journeys—inner and outer—zigzagging around the world and home again. Here, Natalie Goldberg, "a writer both energized and enlightened" (Julia Cameron), shares those vivid moments that have wakened her to new ways of being. We follow alongside her mapless meanderings in the New Mexican desert and her pilgrimages to Bob Dylan's birthplace and to Larry McMurtry's dusty Texas ghost town of rare books. We feel her deep hunger while she sits zazen in a monastery in Japan, and her profound loss when she hears of the passing of a dear friend while teaching in the French countryside. Through it all, she remains grounded in a life informed by two constants: the practices of writing and of Zen. With humor and insight, Natalie encircles around the essential questions these paths compel her toward: Where does this life lead? Who are we? This is a book to be relished one awakening at a time. Each story is a reminder that no matter how hard the situation or desolate you may feel, spring will come again, breaking through a cold winter, bringing early yellow forsythia flowers. And the Great Spring of enlightenment—that sudden rush of acceptance, pain cracking open, obstructions shattering—will also burst forth.

Becoming an Academic Writer

50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing

Author: Patricia Goodson

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483376273

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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With its friendly, step-by-step format, Becoming an Academic Writer by Patricia Goodson helps writers improve their writing by engaging in deep and deliberate practice—a type of practice adopted by expert performers in areas such as sports or music. Featuring 50 exercises, this practical, self-paced guide is flexibly organized so readers can either work their way through all of the exercises in order or focus on the specific areas where they need additional practice building their skills. The Second Edition is enhanced by a new appendix on literature review, new feature boxes, and new chapter summaries.

Writing from the Heart

Tapping the Power of Your Inner Voice

Author: Nancy Slonim Aronie

Publisher: Hyperion

ISBN: 9780786882878

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Helps authors recover storytelling gifts unfettered by grammar-school criticism, and explore their souls' depths while turning fragile stories into tales of strength

The Pocket Muse Endless Inspiration

New Ideas for Writing

Author: Monica Wood

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582974194

Category: Reference

Page: 224

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Shake Up Your Writing Routine &break;&break;With an incredible spectrum of writing prompts, photos, and advice, The Pocket Muse: Endless Inspiration offers creative insights and inspirations for your daily writing life. &break;&break;Inside, you'll find transformative ways to: &break; Prevent procrastination&break; Revisit and revitalize your work&break; Adjust your attitude&break; Stimulate productivity &break;&break;Author Monica Wood, author of the bestseller Pocket Muse, offers hundreds of ways to warm up to a new day of writing and see the world with a clean pair of eyes. &break;&break;All types of writers–fiction, nonfiction, and poets–will be engaged and informed by this magical book.

The Forest for the Trees (Revised and Updated)

An Editor's Advice to Writers

Author: Betsy Lerner

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110144407X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Quickly established as an essential and enduring companion for aspiring writers when it was first published, Betsy Lerner's sharp, funny, and insightful guide has been meticulously updated and revised to address the dramatic changes that have reshaped the publishing industry in the decade since. From blank page to first glowing (or gutting) review, Betsy Lerner is a knowing and sympathetic coach who helps writers discover how they can be more productive in the creative process and how they can better their odds of not only getting published, but getting published well. This is an essential trove of advice for writers and an indispensable user's manual to both the inner life of the writer and the increasingly anxious place where art and commerce meet: the boardrooms and cubicles of the publishing house.

One Writer's Beginnings

Author: Eudora Welty

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674639270

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 104

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author sketches her early life and discusses growing up in the South.

The True Secret of Writing

Connecting Life with Language

Author: Natalie Goldberg

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451641265

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Sit. Walk. Write. These are the barest bones of Natalie Goldberg’s revolutionary writing and life practice, which she presents here in book form for the first time. A whole new slant on writing that she developed since the publication of her classic Writing Down the Bones, True Secret workshops have been limited until now to small, intensive groups at a remote center in the rural Southwest. In The True Secret of Writing, Goldberg makes this popular seminar available to any reader. The True Secret is for everyone, like eating and sleeping. It allows you to discover something real about your life, to mine the rich awareness in your mind, and to ground and empower yourself. Goldberg guides you through your own personal or group retreat, illuminating the steps of sitting in silent open mind, walking anchored to the earth, and writing without criticism. Just as Goldberg cuts through her students’ resistance with her no-nonsense instruction—“Shut up and write”—the True Secret cuts to the core of realizing yourself and your world. The capstone to forty years of teaching, The True Secret of Writing is Goldberg’s Zen boot camp, her legacy teaching. Stories of Natalie’s own search for truth and clarity and her students’ breakthroughs and insights give moving testament to how brilliantly her unique, tough-love method works. Beautiful homages to the work of other great teachers and observers of mind, life, and love provide further secrets and inspiration to which readers will return again and again. In her inimitable way, Goldberg will inspire you to pick up the pen, get writing, and keep going. The True Secret of Writing will help you with your writing—and your life.

A Writer's Workbook

Daily Exercises for the Writing Life

Author: Caroline Sharp

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 125012249X

Category: Reference

Page: 176

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Aspiring doctors have medical school. Karate students have belts of different colors. Pianists have scales and arpeggios. But what system do writers have for getting and staying "in shape," to help them focus, practice, and make progress? A Writer's Workbook is Caroline Sharp's ingenious collection of exercises to inspire, encourage, warm up, and jump-start anyone who writes. A wise and funny friend who will cheerlead you through even your darkest can't-write days and "every idea I've ever had is awful" nights, she provides encouraging suggestions, hilarious observations, and an amazingly vivid catalogue of writers' neuroses (with advice on overcoming them, of course). From "Roget's Resume" and "Emulating Ernest" to "End Well," "The Rewrite Rut," and "Dear John," the exercises in this generous, wry workbook will keep your ideas fresh, your mind open, and your pen moving.

The Creative Writing Coursebook

Forty Authors Share Advice and Exercises for Fiction and Poetry

Author: Julia Bell

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1509829334

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

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The success of the writing courses at UEA belies the myth that writing can't be taught. This coursebook takes aspiring writers through three stages of practice: Gathering - getting started, learning how to keep notes, making observations and using memory; Shaping - looking at structure, point of view, character and setting; and Finishing - being your own critic, joining workshops, finding publishers. Throughout exercises and activities encourage writers to develop their skills. Contributions from forty authors provide a unique and generous pool of information, experience and advice.This is the perfect book for people who are just starting to write as well as for those who want some help honing work already completed. It will suit people writing for publication or just for their own pleasure, those writing on their own or writing groups.

Poemcrazy

Freeing Your Life with Words

Author: Susan G. Wooldridge

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307559122

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Following the success of several recent inspirational and practical books for would-be writers, Poemcrazy is a perfect guide for everyone who ever wanted to write a poem but was afraid to try. Writing workshop leader Susan Wooldridge shows how to think, use one's senses, and practice exercises that will make poems more likely to happen.