The Writing Warrior: Discovering the Courage to Free Your True Voice [NOOK Book]

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All writers are faced at some point with feelings of self-consciousness and self-doubt about their work. In this invaluable guide, Laraine Herring offers advice to writers who want to become more comfortable with their writing, face their inhibitions, and gain the confidence to release their true voice. Utilizing the breath, a vigorous movement practice designed to break up stagnation with the body and the mind, and writing exercises aimed both at self-exploration and developing works-in-progress, Herring offers ...

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Overview

All writers are faced at some point with feelings of self-consciousness and self-doubt about their work. In this invaluable guide, Laraine Herring offers advice to writers who want to become more comfortable with their writing, face their inhibitions, and gain the confidence to release their true voice. Utilizing the breath, a vigorous movement practice designed to break up stagnation with the body and the mind, and writing exercises aimed both at self-exploration and developing works-in-progress, Herring offers a clear path to writing through illusion. Learn how to remove obstacles in your writing and develop techniques to help you relax into your own voice; discover ways to enter into a compassionate, non-judgmental relationship with yourself so that you can write safely and authentically from a place of absolute vulnerability; and discover the interconnectedness of your personal writing process and the community as a whole. The Writing Warrior will not only help you find ways to develop your writing, but also ways to develop yourself.


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




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Editorial Reviews

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“Practical, accessible, and motivational.”—The Washington Post

“In this out-of-the-box handbook for aspiring writers, [Herring] displays her ability to wed spirituality and creativity in vivid and surprising ways.”—Spirituality & Practice 

“A worthwhile and motivating read for all writers. Those who enjoy Julia Cameron’s (The Artist’s Way, etc.) holistic approach should similarly like Herring's work.”—Library Journal

“A terrific writing companion, reminding me of Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird and Natalie Goldberg’s books on writing.  Herring’s advanced degrees in both creative writing and psychology give her just the right perspective for a book on motivating writers and making the most of one’s writing life. The Writing Warrior fulfills its promise in offering discovery and courage.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer blogger, The Writer’s Block 

“This guide gives readers the confidence to share their true voices with the world without hesitation. Herring maintains a personable, friendly tone.”—ForeWord Reviews 

“The practice is exquisitely clear; breathe and write. This book is an excellent guide and a catalyst for that deep work, and a wise companion for the writer’s journey.”—SARK, author and artist of Fabulous Friendship Festival

“Laraine Herring takes you on a journey toward wholeness as a writer—she not only explores every aspect of the writing process; she also invites you to explore every aspect of your writing self—body, mind, and spirit. Anyone who writes—or wants to—will find this book as essential and inspiring as breath.”—Gayle Brandeis, author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write

“I've read piles of how-to books for writers. This one stands out from the rest. Just as martial arts training is about a way of life as much or more than a way of self-defense, this book is about a way of thinking as much or more than a way of writing. One way to tell that I’ve been engaged with a book is the number of sticky flags bristling from the edges. This book has a lot of flags.”—Story Circle Book Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834823228
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Series: Shambhala Publications
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 721,672
  • File size: 341 KB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 Breaking Ground

1 The Way of the Writing Warrior 9

2 Structure Is Alive 12

3 The Practice 16

The Writing Warrior Practice 24

Part 2 Building Your Foundation

4 Release All Desire for Results 31

5 Direct Experience 34

6 Theory and Practice 40

7 Attachment and Aversion 45

The Writing Warrior Practice 51

Part 3 Dissolving Your Illusions

8 The Writer's Wheel of Suffering 57

9 Illusion of Time 63

10 Illusion of Thoughts 69

11 Illusion of What a Writer Is 72

12 Illusion of Identification 78

13 Illusion of Control 82

14 Illusion of Distractions 89

15 Illusion of Publication, Success, and Fame 92

16 Illusion of Money 97

17 You're Not the Only One 101

The Writing Warrior Practice 106

Part 4 Committing to Your Authentic Path

18 Self-Observation without Judgment 113

19 Absolute Vulnerability 124

20 Soft Eyes 130

21 Self-Study 138

22 Wake Up 143

23 Perhaps You Never Did This, But I Remember It Just the Same 146

24 Stories We Tell Ourselves 157

25 Revision 162

26 Intuition 168

27 Resistance Is Futile 171

The Writing Warrior Practice 175

Part 5 Deepening Your Writer's Roots

28 Alchemy 183

29 Hark! Who Goes There? 185

30 1-10 between Phoenix and Tucson 189

31 Writing Is Not Like Making a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich 194

32 Sand Paintings 197

33 The Beginning Is Not the Beginning 199

34 Sacred Communication 203

35 Characters as Teachers 206

36 Let's Do the Limbo 209

37 Seasons of the Work 213

38 Texas 216

39 Disconnection 220

40 The Mysteries of Fiction 225

41 Tools 230

42 Rhythm 234

43 Papa Don't Preach 236

44 Who Hears You First? 238

45 Loneliness 241

46 Betrayals 243

47 Natural Talent 249

48 Spiral Dance 252

The Writing Warrior Practice 255

About the Author 260

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Aeiro & kits

    Name: Aeiro
    Gender/Species: Female/Cat
    Age: 9 moons
    Ranking: Leader
    Personality: Out-going, friendly, and loyal, but has a VERY bad temper.
    Appearance: A thin black tabby shecat with a white chest and green eyes. A torn left ear.
    Mate: None :(
    Crush: Not saying!!!
    Kits: Wick (adopted), Red, Thunder, Flower, and Echo
    Other Kin: Cloudsun (mother), Flames That Burn In Grass (father), Nyght (sister), Claw (brother), and Shade (brother).
    Powers: None
    Other: Has visions of random events sometimes.

    Name: Wick
    Gender/Species: Male/Cat
    Age: 5 moons
    Ranking: Trainee (to be a fighter)
    Personality: Level-headed, good with words, rarely gets extremely angry. Easy to talk to and always wants to make friends.
    Appearance: A long-legged, dark gray tabby tom with white paws and yellow eyes. A scar on his face from the fight with the Black Night Fighters.
    Mate: None
    Crush: Chaia (everyone knows it, anyway...)
    Kits: None!
    Other Kin ((all adopted)): Aeiro (mother), Thunder (brother), Echo (sister), Red (brother), and Flower (sister).
    Powers: Can control electricity and summon storms (not really big amazing hurricanes or explosions of lightning, more of a small power.)
    Other: Nothing, really.

    Name: Flower
    Gender/Species: Female/Cat
    Age: 2 3/4 moons
    Ranking: Kit
    Personality: Quiet, shy, tends to keep to herself. Kind and caring once you get to know her.
    Appearance: A pale gray shecat with white paws and tail-tip, black paw-tips, and dark blue eyes.
    Mate: None
    Crush: None
    Kits: None
    Other Kin: Echo (sister), Red (brother), Thunder (brother), Wick (adopted brother), and Aeiro (mother)
    Powers: None known.
    Other: Is very fast, would like to make friends, is fascinated by herbs and other plants.

    Name: Thunder
    Gender/Species: Male/Cat
    Age: 2 3/4 moons
    Ranking: Kit
    Personality: Loud, very out- going, likes to play and joke. VERY energetic.
    Appearance: A gray tom with darker gray patches. Brown paws, belly, and tail-tip and green eyes.
    Mate: Icky!
    Crush: None!
    Kits: Gross! GRR!!!
    Other Kin: Same as Flower.
    Powers: None known
    Other: Likes to yowl and say "Grr" very loud.

    Name: Echo
    Gender/Species: Female/Cat
    Age: 2 3/4 moons
    Ranking: Kit
    Personality: Soft-spoken and independant most of the time. Stubborn, determined to prove herself, and is viscious at the slightest provocation.
    Appearance: A jet-black shecat with a white tail-tip and piercing amber eyes. Her left front paw is tipped with silver fur.
    Mate: NONE
    Crush: None
    Kits: Ugh, seriously?
    Other Kin: Same as siblings.
    Powers: None known
    Other: Kind of wishes for friends, though she makes no move to gain any.

    Name: Red
    Gender/Species: Male/Cat
    Age: 2 3/4 moons
    Ranking: Kit
    Personality: Defensive of friends and groupmates. Understanding, loyal, and very friendly. Would do anything to protect an innocent animal.
    Appearance: A bright ginger tom with rusty tabby stripes, white paws, luminous silver eyes, and a black tail-tip.
    Mate: None
    Crush: None
    Kits: None
    Other Kin: Same as siblings.
    Powers: None known.
    Other: Deeply depends on what's right and wrong, always thinks before acting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Anya to RAM

    Excuse me is there anyone who used to rp as someone named Ram?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Maple

    Name:Maple Specios:Cat Gender:she Looks: dark wood brown with brown eyes and eagle wings Personality: tempered at times, smart, curios Mate:none Kits:missing Loves: healing Hates:love Trained as: med cat Powers: has eagle wings Age: not telling, but young Family: mate is Growl, until he kitnapped her kits History: used to be in a clan. Left for Growl, who betrayed her and took the kits. She know hates love because f what happened.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Pine

    Name: Pine That Waves in Wind (Pine) Gender/Species: Tom/Cat
    Age: 16 moons
    Ranking: Deputy
    Personality: Deeply loyal, he will do anything to protect his groupmates. A real tough guy, Pine rarely shows his feelings, but when he does, they come out in torrents. He has a fierce temper and a tendecy to snap at anybody who tries to talk to him when he is grumpy. However crabby he may be at times, Pine is always dependable and there when you need him, and wouldn't dream of betraying anybody he trusts.
    Appearance: Brawny, big, and tough. If Pine was a Twoleg, you would probably find him working out. He has a brown tabby coat with darker stripes and deep green eyes that resemble the color of the needles of the tree he was named for. His paws darken to a shade almost black, and he has many scars and a torn ear.
    Mate: Dragon That Breathes Fire (Dragon)
    Kits: Pool Where Ripples Form (Pool), Ivy That Climbs Cliff (Ivy), Rush of Falling Water (Rush) and Blossom That Blooms in Spring (Blossom)
    Crush: None. He already has Dragon, for Starclan's sake!
    Other Kin: Lightning That Strikes From Sky (Father, Lightning), Leaf That Falls From Tree (Mother, Leaf), River That Runs Through Valley (Sister, River), and Song of Early Bird (Sister, Song)
    Powers: None
    Other: Incredibly good fighter, could face and defeat ten cats at once.
    Siggy (If I remember to add it): ~Pin€

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Join

    Can i join?

    Name: Fading Moon
    Gender: she
    Species: Gray wolf
    Age: 3 yrs
    Personality: strong, fierce, loyal, faithful, truthteller, clever, and friendly
    Looks: you should know
    Other: looking for a mate, and is healer

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Sarah

    Who cares what my name is! Im a she cat and if you want sex go to the 6th result!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Unknown

    My nae is uknown d i am a shapeshifter.r

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Scatty

    Name: Scatty Gender: Female Species: Ocelot Age: 10 moons Mate: none yet Kits: none yet General Mood: happy-go-lucky, childish, weird History: Who do YOU think you are, asking for my past? Powers: none Other: not going to tell you

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Sky

    I am a pure white she with eyes that change from silver, grey, and black. I can control storms. I am very kind, bubbly, and extremly slow to anger. I am a skilled fighter but i like healing better. I need a loyal, strong mate because mine was killed by a grizzly and i am pregnent. Title review 'father' if you will be my mate. Please help me!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Piper

    Name: Piper that plays in the wind |•| Gender/species: female/wolf |•| Rank: healer/princess/warrior |•| Age: 9 moons old |•| description: black fur w/ amber eyes |•| personality: brave, strong, outgoing, fun, happy, sometimes shy, determined, loyal, trustworthy, and rarely gets angry |•| mate: none |•| crush: none |•| kits: none |•| kin: Clara (mother), sacredstone (father, dead), Paul, pete, philip, and polar (brothers) |•| Powers: tones of them cant explain them all |•| other: loves moose meat |•| Friends: Summer, Pine, Glimmer, Fallensnow, and Talonclaw (dont worry he has changed)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Lily

    Name: Lily••• Gender: Female••• Species: Cat••• Age: 5 moons••• Mate: None••• Kits: Infer....••• Crush: None, yet.••• Personality: Friendly towards most people, but has a short temper. Is a good fighter and fiercely loyal towards the people she trusts, and anyone in the Freedom Chasers.••• Appearance: A pretty, sleek gray she cat with white paws, a white tailtip, white stripes on her back, and sparkling blue eyes.••• Family: Unknown...to most peopke.••• History: Kinda long to put here...••• Powers: Can control the Earth (plants) which is how she was named.••• Lily

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Drop

    Name: Drop Species: Tiger(usually) Age: UnknownGender: Female Rank: Fighter Powers: Can control water, can shapeshift Apperance: Gray with black stripes, ears, and tailtip and deep blue eyes Personality: Caring, courageous, and a little hardheaded Family: Lizard(brother), Storm(sister), Gold(mother), Stone(father) History: Was an ordinary tiger, but then StarClan gave her powers Other: Is part of a major prophecy
    ¿‡Drop‡¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Blaze

    Gender-Female
    species- Wolf
    name- Blaze(I am also rebel)
    appearence- Black with rust and grey splotches on back. Grey tipped muzzle and amber eyes.
    Powers: None
    Mate: None
    Kits:None
    Mother: Nutmeg
    Father: Jay's wing at dawn
    Siblings: Hazel, Journey-Blaze

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Bluefire's description

    Name: Bluefire |•| Gender: She |•| Age: 28 moons |•| Animal/serpent: Dragon |•| Wanted position: Luteinent |•| Apperence: Usually blue, sometimes green to a navy blue color |•| Personalaty: Sharp, on top of things, sometimes quiet, thoughtful and has a sharp twist in battle |•| Weapons: Sharp claws, fire, and sometines a hidden weapon she never told anyone about |•| Family: Mother, Crystalfire (deceased), Father, Firelightning (deceased) sister, Quietsong and brother,Overlord (deaceased) |•| History: Mother, father died in fire, Overlord, died by a battle. Was adopted by a troop of dragons. Troop got killed by a flood. Found this by flying ramdomly around |•| Powers: Elemental fire, (Death, Fire, Ice, Storm, Balance, Life, Myth and Astral) can change color/pattern/visability at will, can make wings visible/invisable at will, can heal, can read minds |}luefire

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Fallensnow

    Name: Fallensnow
    Gender: Female
    Animal: Cat

    Appearence: A pure white she-cat with icy blue eyes that seem to glow.
    Personality: Kind and caring, but fierce when needed to be. Always sees the good in everyone, even the most cold animals.

    Family: She will not say anything

    History: Only one has found out, and it is said that right after that very animal heard it, it ran, never to return. Fallensnow never told ANYONE after that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    To Goldthunder

    Next result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Chaia's Information

    Name: Chaia ((pronounced Kye-ah))
    Gender: She-Cat
    Age: 4 3/4 moons
    Rank: Healer in-training
    Species: Cat, with other animal bloods
    Mentor: Flare ((he's not on much, though •M•))
    Personality: Shy, but warming up to her groupmates rapidly. Humble and kind. If you get her angry, which is very hard to do, run away. FAST. Don't let her age and looks decieve you.
    Build: Skinny, but if you look hard, you can see hard muscles under her fur, rather defined for such a young age. Her tail is rather short, but extremely fluffy.
    Fur Color: Silver tabby with white paws, tail tip, and underbelly. White tipped ears.
    Eye Color: One is silver, the other is blue. They flash purple when agressive.
    Mate: None
    Crush: Too shy to say, but it's really obvious now :3
    Special Abilities: She can control water and air, and turn her body invisible.
    Past Story: Is too shy to talk about it.
    Other Info: RPs Cloudstar of SwiftClan and Echowind of BreezeClan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Flare

    Name: Flare. Amimal: mouse. Gender: male. Rank: healer. Powers: can turn invisible and run real fast. Mate: none. Kin: one brother who has turned away from the wildlife; a nephew. History: he has lived alone in the wild for all his life, and is hoping to keep it that way. New friends may help him... or hurt him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Raven & Wingfury

    Name- Raven (or so he says...)
    Species- Cat
    Gender- Male
    Rank- Fighter/Warrior/Loner
    Mate- None :(
    Crush- Not saying....
    Kits- Take a guess.
    Kin- Unknown, though he's mentioned a sister...
    Trainee- Wick
    Description- A long-legged white tom with black, silver, ginger, and gray flecks on his back. His tail-tip is black, and his ears are also tipped with black (one ear has a large nick in it ((though he won't say how he got it))). He has long silver claws sharper than knives, bright icy blue eyes, and a pair of large feathery white wings.
    Personality- Mysterious when it comes to his past, which makes him uncomfortable around those he doesn't know. He is extremely loyal to his fellow Freedom Chasers, or at least those he trusts, and woukd fight for them to the death. Raven is also a superb fighter, and very clever and agile.
    Special Abilities- Due to the fact he has wings, he can fly but is unaware of any other powers...
    History- You won't be able to worm it out of him THAT easily!! It will take time for him to warm up to you... (I'm warning you, it won't be easy...)
    Other- Longs to have a good friend that he can trust...



    Name- Wingfury
    Species- Dragon
    Gender- Male
    Rank- Free Flier
    Mate- None
    Crush- None
    Children- None
    Kin- Unknown
    Trainee- None
    Description- A lightly built black dragon with huge black wings that appear to have been torn at some time (though they haven't). He has long claw-like talons that can be retracted into his feet, a long spiked tail, sharp fangs, and odd emerald green eyes. Strangely, he has no horns or any spikes on his back, like most dragons do.
    Personality- Though he may appear battle-hungry sometimes, it's not really on purpose (fighting is instinct to dragons like him). Mysterious, and quiet, though very loyal and courageous. Also an excellent fighter.
    Special Abilities- Like all dragons, he can breathe fire. His tail spikes are reinforced with a poison that can stun enemies, but not for very long. Is also very fast, and can attack at alarmingly quick speeds
    History- Not much to say.
    Other- Like's chicken. Or beef. Or fish.

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