A Walk between Heaven and Earth; A Personal Journal on Writing and the Creative Process

A Walk between Heaven and Earth; A Personal Journal on Writing and the Creative Process

by Burghild Nina Holzer, B. Nina Holzer
     
 

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Talking to paper is talking to the divine. Paper is infinitely patient. Each time you scratch on it, you trace part Of yourself, and thus part of the world, and thus part of the grammar of the universe. It is a huge language, but each of us tracks his or her particular understanding of it."

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Talking to paper is talking to the divine. Paper is infinitely patient. Each time you scratch on it, you trace part Of yourself, and thus part of the world, and thus part of the grammar of the universe. It is a huge language, but each of us tracks his or her particular understanding of it."

From A Walk Between Heaven and Earth

Unlike any other guide to journal writing, A Walk Between Heaven and Earth is itself written as a personal journal and as a meditation on the flow of creation. Burghild Nina Holzer demonstrates that the creative process is in fact a large, ongoing movement in our lives and that we may gradually discover the pattern and direction of it by trusting whatever it is we choose to confide to the page. She helps would-be writers recognize the power and importance of opening themselves to the present moment and recording whatever they find there. Holzer's book is both inspiration and model. It will appeal not only to those who wish to explore the creative process as a mystical path, but to all who desire to express themselves through writing.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Like Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, this journal is both a useful guide and wonderful to read in its own right. It took only a few pages for me to feel as if I was walking in well-loved familiar places, hearing the voice of an old friend."

Joseph Bruchac, author of Dawn Land

Burghild Nina Holzer teaches us to write by teaching us living process. She is marvelous at following herself for the benefit of teaching others how to do so. I loved her book."

Arnold Mindell, author of Working on Yourself Alone

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Holzer's first book, a personal journal on writing and the creative process, is a dreamtime meditation on inner and outer journeying--a walk on a landscape of metaphor, on a spiritual path to self-discovery. ``Talking to paper is talking to the divine . . . each time you scratch on it, you trace part of yourself, and thus part of the world, and part of the grammar of the universe.'' Jewelled with keen-eyed observations, reflective musings and prescriptive insights, this is a passionately companionable guide for those who wish to explore the process of writing. In her journal, Holzer chronicles her experiences as a student of the journal form and as a teacher of creative writing interweaving meditations, exercises and travelogue. She addresses her brother who died tragically, her dying father and a child never born. Unbridled and strewn with New Age locution, the journal entries are often fanciful veering into far-fetched and anthropomorphic terrain. But by and large Holzer's prose has a lovely lyricism, resonance and quiet power. Holzer agrees with Joseph Campbell: ``I don't think we are looking for meaning. I think we are looking for the experience of being alive.'' And at the heart of her narrative is this search for the intensity of aliveness, for the tools and writerly craft necessary ``to ride the thunderbolt of the moment and feel that it is real.'' For fellow questers, Holzer's journalistic walk will sound a clarion call to write. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517880968
Publisher:
Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
05/28/1994
Pages:
140
Sales rank:
1,332,889
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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