Living Revision: A Writer's Craft as Spiritual Practice

Living Revision: A Writer's Craft as Spiritual Practice


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"Revision is the spiritual practice of transformation--of seeing text, and therefore the world, with new eyes. Done well, revision returns us to our original love."

In Living Revision, award-winning author and teacher Elizabeth J. Andrew guides writers through the writing and revision process. With insight and grace, Andrew asks writers to flex their spiritual muscles, helping them to transform their writing as they in turn transform themselves into more curious and reflective human beings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558968011
Publisher: Unitarian Universalist Association
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 327,715
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth J. Andrew teaches memoir, essay, and journal writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She is the author of Writing the Sacred Journey and On the Threshold.

Brenda Miller is the award-winning author of Blessing of the Animals and Season of the Body, and co-author of Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction. She is a professor of English at Western Washington University and serves as editor-in-chief of the Bellingham Review. Miller lives in Bellingham, Washington, with her dog Abbe and cat Madrona. Visit her at

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Living Revision: A Writer's Craft as Spiritual Practice 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy writing, as well as editing and revising my fiction stories, so I wasn’t looking for a motivational guide. Living Revision is a treasure trove for finding little niches in my manuscripts that can be fleshed out or shaped into something more brilliant and whole. Finishing a first draft is a great accomplishment, but the next step isn’t proofreading or editing. With this small, yet powerful, book, I’m able to work through activities and learn new processes that will take my first draft into a more full-bodied and improved story. Living Revision sucked me in from the very first words of the introduction and is helping me find the true core of my story. I’m so pleased with how the practices in this book are transforming my raw manuscript to new heights. A very insightful help-book. #LivingRevision I received a Review Copy from the publisher through the Speakeasy network.
CarolynCCC More than 1 year ago
Finally somebody has written a guide on revision that takes your hand and walks you through the process and makes it fun and even surprising. This is not a book on copyediting. This is not a book on proofing or polishing. Living Revision shows you how to take a draft and mine it for amazing possibilities, how to push it to surprising new levels. I can't say enough of how grateful I am for it. My favorite parts are the short discussions, the insights from famous authors, exercises and "toolbox tips" as well as examples from classes the author has taught. The book is hugely readable. You can almost open it anywhere and get amazing ideas. Topics I got a lot out of include the discussions on engaging mystery, on finding the heartbeat of your book, the different aspects of narration, voice, and form and generally about the author "showing up" in the book. This is one of those writing books I'll be keeping close at hand and probably buying for a few friends. I would recommend this book especially for intermediate and advanced writers, but beginners would probably benefit too--so many people dread revision, and this book could make all the difference.