Writing from the Heart: Tapping the Power of Your Inner Voice

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With warm, lively, often humorous anecdotes, advice, and lessons, this unique approach to creative writing as a path to healing the self shows how to reverse the damaging effects done to writers in school, where red pens disciplined grammar and taught them to mistrust their natural ability as storytellers—freezing them in their creative tracks. NPR sponsorships.

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Overview

With warm, lively, often humorous anecdotes, advice, and lessons, this unique approach to creative writing as a path to healing the self shows how to reverse the damaging effects done to writers in school, where red pens disciplined grammar and taught them to mistrust their natural ability as storytellers—freezing them in their creative tracks. NPR sponsorships.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Aspiring writers have a friend in Aronie, founder of the Chilmark Writing Workshop on Martha's Vineyard, as well as an author of essays on writing that have frequently aired on National Public Radio. In this how-to manual on creative writing, she describes the difficulties of finding her writing voice as an adult, even though she'd won a journalism award in school. As well as giving inspiring advice for how to start writing on a regular basis, Aronie includes a wide variety of writing exercises designed to stimulate creativity. According to her, making time for solitude and learning to live in the present by listening and observing are basic to the writing process. Aronie believes that writing is one path to healing emotional pain through expressing previously unacknowledged feelings. She includes tips on getting published, but her emphasis here is on encouraging would-be writers to believe in themselves. Feb.
Library Journal
Both these books are about creative writing and finding a voice. Both talk about the healing power of the writing process. Aldrich, a creative writing teacher, focuses on journal writing. Her book is divided into three sections. The first includes reasons to keep a journal, how to do it, and a set of exercises to get started and overcome blocks. Section two is about different types of people who keep journals, and section three is a collection of entries from the author's own journals to use as examples for would-be journal writers. Her book includes many quotes from famous journal keepers and a useful annotated bibliography. Aronie, whose essays are aired on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, writes to inspire writers. Her style is warm and her message infectious. She too includes exercises to guide her readers. A major part of her message is just to get the paper and pen in contact with each other and worry about grammar and spelling and other "school stuff" after the habit of writing has been formed. This book, which compares favorably with Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird LJ 8/94 and Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones 1986, is more readable than Aldrich's and is recommended for all public libraries.Lisa J. Cihlar, Monroe P.L., Wis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786882878
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 2/23/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 645,525
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    A must have book for anyone who needs to work out emotional issues.

    I read this book, and it was life changing. It can open up a lot within you that you did not know was there. I ended up taking the course offered by the author, who herself is AMAZING, and am a better person today because of it and her.

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