Writing Begins with the Breath: Embodying Authentic Voice

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Shambhala Publications, Sep 11, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 208 pages
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In this distinctive guide to the craft of writing, author Laraine Herring shows us how to tune into our bodies and connect with our emotions so that our writing becomes an expression of our full beings, rather than just an intellectual exercise. With warmth and wisdom, Herring offers a path to discovering "deep writing"—prose that is unique, expressive, and profoundly authentic. Lessons and imaginative exercises show you how to: stay with your writing when your mind or body starts to pull you away; explore the five senses in your writing; and approach your writing without judgment.

Writing Begins with the Breath will open up a whole world of creativity for people who may not have considered themselves writers before, while also providing keen insights into the craft for seasoned writers.

To learn more about the author, Laraine Herring, visit her website at www.laraineherring.com.
 

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This is a very good book. It ties together writing and psychology very well, forcing the reader/writer to look inward while also examining how to express one's inner self in writing. Unlike Writing ... Read full review

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If I had to describe this author’s approach to teaching writing in one word, that word would be “unique”. And fascinating. And unusual, practical and useful. By combining oriental spiritual principles ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
FOCUSING THE MIND
13
Risk
15
Authenticity
21
Humility
27
Curiousity
31
Empathy
38
Acceptance
47
Focused Awareness and Imagery
122
Characterization Deep Questioning
131
Point of View I Am Not I
135
Change
142
Suffering
146
Perseverance
152
EMBRACING WHAT AND WHERE YOU ARE
161
Impermanence
165

Relationship
53
THE DEEP WRITING PROCESS
61
SelfAwareness
65
Process vs Product
72
Body as Source
78
Ancestors as Source
84
Earth as Source
92
Inner and Outer Worlds
99
Shadow Boxing
104
Observation
112
Evolution
172
Surrender
181
Integration
187
Solitude
192
Stillness
202
Epilogue
205
Recommended Resources
207
About the Author
212
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Laraine Herring holds an MFA in creative writing and an MA in counseling psychology. She has developed numerous workshops that use writing as a tool for healing grief and loss. She is the author of Writing Begins with the Breath: Embodying Your Authentic Voice, Lost Fathers: How Women Can Heal from Adolescent Father Loss, the novel Ghost Swamp Blues, and the short story collection Monsoons. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in national and local publications. Her fiction has won the Barbara Deming Award for Women, and her nonfiction work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She currently teaches creative writing in Prescott, Arizona.

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