Writing Begins with the Breath: Embodying Your Authentic Voice

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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"Practical, accessible, and motivational."—The Washington Post

"A worthwhile and motivating read for all writers, whether or not they are familiar with yoga. Those who enjoy Julia Cameron's (The Artist's Way, etc.) holistic approach should similarly like Herring's work."—Library Journal

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590304730
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/11/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 596,325
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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     ix
Introduction     1
Focusing the Mind
Risk     15
Authenticity     21
Humility     27
Curiosity     31
Empathy     38
Acceptance     47
Relationship     53
The Deep Writing Process
Self-Awareness     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
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
Impermanence     165
Evolution     172
Surrender     181
Integration     187
Solitude     192
Stillness     202
Epilogue     205
Recommended Resources     207
About the Author     212
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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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