Writing Begins with the Breath: Embodying Authentic Voice
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 has been the most difficult book I’ve ever experienced – like watching a car crash and not being able to look away. There were times when I was screaming inside with resistance, hating the truths she was smacking me in the face with, and she knew! She knew exactly when I was about to throw the book in the kitchen sink and douse it with dish-washing liquid before cutting it up with fork and knife. She knew because just before those moments came, she would slam on her brakes and remind me that I’m not the first to go through this, that I’m not the last, and most importantly, that if I so choose, I will be able to find my way to the other side. Inhale. Exhale. And so the breath returns.
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FOCUSING THE MIND
Focused Awareness and Imagery
Characterization Deep Questioning
Point of View I Am Not I
EMBRACING WHAT AND WHERE YOU ARE
THE DEEP WRITING PROCESS
Process vs Product
Body as Source
Ancestors as Source
Earth as Source
Inner and Outer Worlds
About the Author