Breathing In, Breathing Out: Keeping a Writer's Notebook / Edition 1

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Overview

Keeping a notebook may be the single best way to survive as a writer. It encourages a greater sensitivity to your world, inside and out. It serves as a haven for new ideas until they are strong and mature enough to face the harsh light of rational judgment. It gives you a quiet place to catch your breath and begin writing.

Breathing In, Breathing Out is a book for the writer in each one of us, however lost, however buried. Ralph Fletcher takes a probing look into the nature of a writer's notebook, examining what it is, how writers use it, and what makes it tick. You will discover why writers like Naomi Shihab Nye and Dorothy Allison consider their notebooks so important to the work they create. You will also read snippets from Fletcher's notebook, where he reveals the "displayed self" of a writer whose innermost workings he knows best.

To Fletcher, keeping a writer's notebook is as natural an activity as breathing so he has organized his book in a way that illuminates two basic aspects of the process. Breathing In refers to the way the notebook can serve as a receptacle for selected insights, lines, images, dreams, and fragments of conversations. In this way it helps you pay closer attention to your world. Breathing Out is intended to suggest the notebook as an ideal place to use what you have collected and spark your own original writing.

This book is for new writers as well as those who may have once loved to write but have lost the spark along the way. It will help you find a natural rhythm for using a notebook and in the process start living the life of a writer.

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“Writers both new and experienced will appreciate [Fletcher's] clear and straightforward advice on how a writer's notebook can be used to find one's own voice and inner truth.”–KLIATT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435072278
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 11/18/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 5 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Fletcher has been a mentor to teachers and young writers everywhere. Ralph's latest Heinemann books continue this tradition. What a Writer Needs, Second Edition mentors teachers and writers in the elements and craft of writing. Mentor Author, Mentor Texts brings inspiration to teachers and students by sharing Ralph's own writing across numerous genres plus writer's notes that reveal his thinking. Ralph frequently works with young writers in schools, and speaks at education conferences in the U.S. and abroad, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. Ralph is the beloved author of many bestselling teacher professional books including Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide; Craft Lessons; and Breathing In, Breathing Out as well as the author of firsthand classroom materials such as Teaching the Qualities of Writing and Lessons for the Writer's Notebook. Students know Ralph as the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including Fig Pudding, Twilight Comes Twice, The Writer's Notebook,and Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid. Ralph Fletcher online » Read Ralph's latest thoughts at his blog: Living the Writing Life. » Listen to an interview with Ralph Fletcher on Education Talk Radio - 1/10/2012 (38:29) » Learn more about Ralph at his website www.ralphfletcher.com and on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Fletcher.
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Table of Contents

A Place to Write

What Moves You? What Matters?

The Language Angels

Thirteen Drops of Wine

Triggers: Bits, Lists, Lines, Questions

Breathing in the Physical World

Talk

The Echo of the Past

Necessary Words

A Place to Write Badly

Compost and Transformation

Divining Rod: Summoning the Deep Water

Escaping the Monkey Trap

The Set Piece: Something Small and Beautiful

Writing About Writing

Writing at the Border: Dangerous Words

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2002

    Good for keeping a journal!

    I really thought that this book was helpful for everyday use. It helped me think of ways to expand my personal journal writing. It helped me structure my journal better. HOwever, I don't really think it did much for the creative writing class I took that required it, but I guess it all depends on how the instructor chooses to use the text.

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