Fearless Writing

How to Let Go of the Things That Keep You from Creating Your Best Work

Author: William Kenower

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781440349836

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 230

View: 9960

Find the courage to create your best writing life. Whether you're a fledgling writer or a veteran with years of experience, fearlessness--that elusive blend of self-acceptance, confidence, and curiosity--is the defining quality of those who find fulfillment and success. Truly fearless authors banish writer's blocks with ease, receive critiques gracefully, and infuse their passion for the craft into every word they write. Filled with insightful wisdom and practical advice, Fearless Writing teaches you how to thrive as a writer, no matter your genre or career path. You'll learn how to: Find and enter a Flow state in which writing is a natural, deeply satisfying process. Quiet both internal and external critics and embrace the inherent value in your work. Use love, emotional engagement, and curiosity as the guiding principles for what you write and how you share it with others. Overcome rejection, procrastination, and other obstacles that stifle your creativity. From the blank page to the first draft, and from querying to marketing, the writing life is filled with challenges, roadblocks, and new experiences. With Fearless Writing, you'll find the inner strength to embark on a bold journey--and build a lifelong career in the process.

Write Within Yourself

An Author's Companion

Author: William Kenower

Publisher: Wdbk Connections

ISBN: 9780985389406


Page: 170

View: 7214

A collection of short essays on writing and the creative life.

Fearless Writing

Multigenre to Motivate and Inspire

Author: Tom Romano

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: 9780325048062

Category: Education

Page: 202

View: 3739

"Multigenre writing is an immersion in a big topic of personal importance. I want students to taste such passionate immersion. I want them to experience how that immersion, combined with the possibility of multiple genres, can waken a boldness of expression in them. Students' subjective experience with multigenre will affect their attitude toward writing. It will affect your attitude toward teaching." -Tom Romano What does it mean to write fearlessly? Tom Romano illustrates the power of multigenre papers to push students beyond the "safety zone" of narrative and exposition into a place where fact meets imagination, and research meets creativity. A place to try the untried. Fearless Writing empowers students to leap into this personal, multifaceted take on research writing by giving you specific strategies and practical ideas to help students: Generate topic ideas Design research plans Develop core elements of a multigenre project Create innovative genres and "golden threads" of unifying elements. While multigenre papers address many Common Core writing standards, Tom's passionate response to both the strengths and weaknesses of the Common Core serves as a lightning bolt of awareness, and a rallying cry for a writing curriculum of genre diversity. Expand your notion of writing and teaching writing, fearlessly. Read sample chapters here.

The Writer's Block Myth

A Guide To Get Past Stuck & Experience Lasting Creative Freedom

Author: Heloise Jones

Publisher: Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1946697079

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 190

View: 2932

The Writer’s Block Myth is a grounded and inspirational guide for what every writer and creative person wants - to live their joy in the process and to create. Whether you're a seasoned writer or new to the page, The Writer's Block Myth is like no other book on writer's block or the creative life out there. Created for people living in the real world and presented like a conversation with a good friend, it offers a framework to shift your thinking and integrate writing as part of your life, whatever your circumstances. You’ll learn how you’re still a writer even when you’re not putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. How stuck on the page is not about writing so you can focus on the right things to move forward. You'll understand the many ways to define your process and why it matters. Included are the voices and stories of other writers for inspiration and examples for how to apply the principles presented, plus short, easy exercises & tools to support you. You’ll have your greenlights––your permission slips––for doing it your way. The Writer’s Block Myth is a culmination of hundreds of hours of conversations and work with writers, artists, and creatives, as well as interview-conversations conducted with writers of all levels, interests, and experience. This book is for every writer, whether professional or new to the page, who’s experienced being stuck, and knows what feeling blocked looks like. It's for those who feel a split in their creative life and life in the real world, who want to be seen and validated to do what they love to do - write and create. This book is for every person who wants to stay on their feet to live, work, and create at their best, feeling lasting creative freedom. Put it on your desk, kitchen counter, or bedside table. Carry it in your bag. Refer to it often. It holds the keys to get past stuck, complete your goals, feed your creative Soul, and guide you to experiencing lasting creative freedom.

The Writer's Crucible

Meditations on Emotion, Being, and Creativity

Author: Philip Kenney

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781629015248

Category: Reference

Page: 286

View: 1972

The Writer's Crucible provides a map for navigating the turbulent, emotional waters of a creative life. It does so by helping writers understand the psychology of vulnerability. Perhaps the most common vulnerability we face is the persistent sense of not being good enough. This troubling insecurity is often present in even the most successful writer, who, despite success, is subject to episodes of self-doubt that undermine creativity. To help authors manage this core experience, The Writer's Crucible offers an in-depth exploration of the psychological underpinnings governing the internal narrative, "I am not enough." That knowledge enables readers to begin undoing emotional constrictions and connect with an inner source of spiritual nourishment, allowing creative energies to move with greater freedom. The Writer's Crucible is not a book that tells you how to write--it is one that shows you how to be a writer.

Bring Your Fiction to Life

Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity

Author: Karen S. Wiesner

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781440349829


Page: 272

View: 6159

Craft a Story That Towers Above the Rest You know it when you read it: In page after page and scene after scene, a truly engrossing novel has qualities that set it apart. Authentic characters, a well-rounded plot, and immersive settings work in harmony to create a three-dimensional experience--one you can practically step inside and explore. But while you can recognize this work when you read it, writing it can be much more challenging. Bring Your Fiction to Life teaches you how to build a solid narrative structure and layer in lush, textured scenes to create a story that rings true. You'll learn how to: Master the three-dimensional aspects of characters, plots, and settings using detailed sketches that define the past, present, and future aspects of each element. Develop complex opening, resolution, and bridge scenes that expertly lead readers through your fictional world. Construct and analyze an outline for your manuscript, using tools and techniques to analyze scenes that lack dimensionality. Brainstorm, research, and draft efficiently and effectively, and juggle multiple projects with ease. Packed with story-development charts, worksheets, and checklists, Bring Your Fiction to Life shows you how to craft a vivid story world that readers will instantly recognize as remarkable.

Light the Dark

Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process

Author: Joe Fassler

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143130846


Page: 352

View: 6993

What inspires you? That's the simple, but profound question posed to 46 renowned authors in LIGHT THE DARK, each one revealing what gets them started and what keeps them going with the creative work they love. Collects the best of The Atlantic's much-acclaimed 'By Heart' series and adds brand new pieces from writers like Marilynne Robinson and Junot Diaz. Contributors include Neil Gaiman, Roxane Gay, Elizabeth Gilbert, Mary Gaitskill, Nell Zink, Michael Chabon and many more.

NLP For Writers

Author: Bekki Hill

Publisher: Teach Yourself

ISBN: 9781444178258

Category: Self-Help

Page: 240

View: 3124

NLP for Writers is the only creative writing book that uses NLP techniques to help writers improve the stories they create. This unique guide employs case studies and exercises to explore how NLP concepts can be used to develop better mastery of character, plot and story and to create writing that engages audiences more strongly.

Make Your Words Work

Author: Gary Provost

Publisher: Backinprint.com


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 308

View: 9737

Gary Provost practices what he preaches in Make Your Words Work. He helps you learn to write well by, among other things, writing well himself. His warm, witty, entertaining instruction teams with solid examples as well as exercises. Get the good word now. This is the writing course to help you make your work more powerful, more readable, more salable.

Become a Fearless Writer

How to Stop Procrastinating, Break Free of Self-Doubt, and Build a Profitable Career

Author: Nina Harrington

Publisher: Ninaharringtondigital

ISBN: 9780957128958

Category: Authorship

Page: 137

View: 2931

Are you Ready to Discover a Proven System to Stop Procrastinating and Move Forward as a Creative Entrepreneur? What you will learn: A scientifically valid and repeatable system which has been tested by authors and entrepreneurs around the world. An effective method to develop deep motivation and an entrepreneurial growth mindset based on your unique strengths and attributes. The five-step plan to power through procrastination and all of the negative brain chatter, and build solid working methods and routines which will form the foundation of your career. What's Inside: I know how frustrating it can be to start each day with great plans about how much work we are going to achieve in the limited time available and end it beating ourselves up because, yet again, that precious time had slipped through our fingers because of procrastination. That's why I have spent hundreds of hours finding out how successful authors and solo entrepreneurs have overcome procrastination and developed the deep motivation needed to achieve remarkable results. The result of that research is the MAGIC 5-Step System. How to develop powerful deep-seated Motivation and Drive. How to Leverage the Entrepreneurial Growth Mindset. How to Accept both your Unique Strengths and your Limiting Beliefs, and Create Coping Mechanisms around them. How to bridge the Gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the most effective and fastest way possible. How to Implement a practical action plan and Commit to New Working Processes which will transform your Productivity. How to realise your potential as a truly prolific author and creative Entrepreneur. Who This Book is For: Fiction and non-fiction authors who want to stop procrastinating, increase their productivity and complete more books and creative projects. Bloggers, writers and content marketers who need to produce content at short notice and need an effective fast-track productivity system to ensure that they can meet short deadlines. Solo entrepreneurs who are working around the conflicting demands of a family and/or a day job and want to make the most effective use of the limited time they have available. The 5-Step MAGIC System can be used by any author and creative entrepreneur, pre-published or published, who wants to identify the deep source of their motivation, stop procrastinating and build a successful career as a prolific author. Bottom Line I have used the MAGIC system to stop procrastinating and leverage the power of motivation in my life. Now, this is your chance to use the same proven system. What have you got to lose? And more importantly, how much do you stand to gain?

Rittenhouse Writers

Reflections on a Fiction Workshop

Author: James Rahn

Publisher: Paul Dry Books

ISBN: 1589881125

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 255

View: 5196

James Rahn has led the Rittenhouse Writers' Group since he founded it in 1988, making it one of America's longest-running independent fiction workshops. Hundreds of writers and would-be writers have sought out the group for its remarkable level of instruction and collaboration. Rittenhouse Writers is Rahn's memoir of the workshop and how his own evolution as both a teacher and a writer—and as a son, husband, and (somewhat reluctant) father—has been intertwined with the establishment and growth of the RWG. In addition, Rahn includes ten short stories written by current and former members of the workshop. Rahn graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned an MFA at Columbia. He then began to imagine a future that included more than just writing, one that would also tap his aspiration to offer other writers support and motivation, tough but gentle—his self-described "Iron Fist in the Velvet Glove" approach. After all, as he says more than once, "Writing is hard." Over the years, James Rahn has witnessed every imaginable writing-group scenario, from awkward flirtations to suicide scares, catty critiques, near fistfights, and of course the satisfaction of watching someone's writing soar. With insight gained through years of observation and participation, and a discerning eye for amusing detail, he takes us along for the journey. Rahn's struggle to perfect his role as instructor runs throughout the narrative, as does his effort to balance that role with the friendships he forms in the group, and to keep up with his own writing while still giving the group the attention it needs to flourish. Through his eyes, we catch the spark of the workshop's spirit and get to meet various spirits who have invigorated Rittenhouse Writers' Group. Rahn cuts back and forth, reflecting, not only on the workshop, but also on his days as a high school dropout in Atlantic City, dead-end jobs and hopeless moves, the difficulty of his mother's decline and death, and his own unexpected plunge into parenthood—when, at age 51, he and his wife took on the responsibility of raising her two young nieces. His memoir serves, in a way, as an introduction to the short stories that follow; and the stories—as surprising and varied as the writers Rahn describes working with—stand as a fitting coda to Rahn's tale and offer another window onto his life's work. "James Rahn, Jersey boy and Philadelphia treasure, has written a moving and insightful book about what happens when you create something vibrant and necessary and stick around for the long haul, whether it's teaching, writing, friendships, or love. The answers aren't always simple, and Rahn explores them with the same gusto, honesty, wry humor, and generosity of spirit he brings to his fiction and his famous workshops. This book is a powerful reminder of the importance of community and mentorship in the making of literature."—Sam Lipsyte The 10 short stories included in Rittenhouse Writers: "On Fire" by Gwen Florio "Mother—6/7 Months" by Romnesh Lamba "Moon Penitent" by Diane McKinney-Whetstone "The Last Confession" by Tom Teti "Ivory Is Wrong About Me" by Caren Litvin "The Conference Rat" by Samantha Gillison "Dropping a Line into the Murky Chop" by Saral Waldorf "What She Missed" by Lisa Paparone "Kingdom of the Sun" by Alice Schell "The Letters of Hon. Crawford G. Bolton III" by Daniel R. Biddle

The Courage Habit

How to Accept Your Fears, Release the Past, and Live Your Courageous Life

Author: Kate Swoboda

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 1626259895

Category: Self-Help

Page: 232

View: 9257

What kind of life would you live if you didn’t allow your fears to hold you back? The Courage Habit offers a powerful program to help you conquer your inner critic, work toward your highest aspirations, and build a courageous community. Are your fears preventing you from living the life you truly want? Do you ever wish that you had a better job, lived in a different city, or had more authentic and nurturing relationships? Many people believe that they would do more, accomplish more, and feel more fulfilled if only they could rid themselves of that fearful inner voice that constantly whispers, “you can’t do it.” In The Courage Habit, certified life coach Kate Swoboda offers a unique program based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you act courageously in spite of fear. By identifying your fear triggers, releasing yourself from your past experiences, and acting on what you truly value, you can make courage a daily habit. Using a practical four-part program, you’ll learn to understand the emotions that arise when fears are triggered, and to pause and evaluate your emotional state before you act. You’ll discover how to listen without attachment to the self-defeating messages of your inner critic, understand the critic’s function, and implement respectful boundaries so that your inner voice no longer controls your behavior. You’ll reframe self-limiting life narratives that can—without conscious awareness—dictate your day-to-day decisions. And finally, you’ll nurture more authentic connections with family, friends, and community in order to find support and reinforce the life changes you’re making. If you feel like something is holding you back from landing your dream job, moving to a new city, having a satisfying love relationship, or simply taking advantage of all life has to offer—and if you have a sneaking suspicion that that something is you—then this one-of-a-kind guide will show you how to finally break free from self-doubt and start living your best life.

A Writer's Guide to Persistence

How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice

Author: Jordan Rosenfeld

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599638843

Category: Reference

Page: 240

View: 1949

A Writer's Guide to Persistence is your road map through the rugged terrain of the writer's path. You'll discover advice and techniques for cultivating a fruitful, deeply meaningful writing life by practicing your craft, polishing your work, and persisting through even the toughest challenges.

Fearless and Free

How Smart Women Pivot--and Relaunch Their Careers

Author: Wendy Sachs

Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn

ISBN: 0814437702

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 6087

We all need to think more like entrepreneurs. Seeking and seizing opportunities, boldly taking risks, quickly changing course—achieving success today requires the kind of action-first, fake-it-‘til-you-make-it ethos celebrated in the tech industry. This formula is not typically a female one. Women tend to be cautious. We overthink our next moves, become paralyzed by fear, and simply don’t act. We might be safer . . . but we’re also stuck. But, what if women embraced the startup model? What if we had the confidence to take chances, even if we knew we may fail fabulously? What if instead of agonizing over which step to take, we leapt forward quickly? Fearless and Free empowers women, showing us how we can all use lessons from Silicon Valley to pivot in our careers—and unlock a world of possibilities. Author Wendy Sachs talked to a wide range of women who faced down fears, roadblocks, and failures...to reinvent themselves. Spanning industries and ages—from media maven Jill Abramson to Aminatou Sow of the Tech LadyMafia—the book weaves their insights and experiences together with current research and actionable advice. You’ll learn how to: Capitalize on your skills and expand them Grow comfortable with being uncomfortable Sell your story Engineer serendipity Nurture your network Shake off setbacks Brand yourself—without bragging Build momentum Compete with digital natives And more Being disciplined is no match for being disruptive. Whether you want out of a shrinking industry or into a business of your own creation, Fearless and Free helps you dream big—and act now.

Writing Your Novel from Start to Finish

A Guidebook for the Journey

Author: Joseph Bates

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599639215

Category: Reference

Page: 262

View: 3406

"Includes 27 downloadable worksheets"--Page 4 of cover.

How to Have Confidence and Power In Dealing With People

Author: Les Giblin

Publisher: Les Giblin Books

ISBN: 1618132288

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 188

View: 9668

Taking a brass tacks approach to communication, How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing With People explains how to interact with others as they really are, not as you would like them to be. The goal is to get what you want from them successfully – be it cooperation, goodwill, love or security. Les Giblin, a recognized expert in the field of human relations, has devised a method for dealing with people that can be used when relating with anyone – parents, teachers, bosses, employees, friends, acquaintances, even strangers. Giblin shows step by step how to get what you want at any time and in ways that leave you feeling good about yourself. Moreover, the people who have given you want you want wind up feeling good about themselves, too. The result? Nobody gets shortchanged. It’s a win-win situation. Each chapter includes a handy summary, so there’s absolutely no chance of missing the book’s key points. You can also use these recaps to refresh your memory after you’ve finished the book. Instead of feeling miserable about your interpersonal skills, read this best-selling guide and learn to succeed with people in every area of your life.

Early One Morning

Author: Virginia Baily

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316300411

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 8101

Two women's decision to save a child during WWII will have powerful reverberations over the years. Chiara Ravello is about to flee occupied Rome when she locks eyes with a woman being herded on to a truck with her family. Claiming the woman's son, Daniele, as her own nephew, Chiara demands his return; only as the trucks depart does she realize what she has done. She is twenty-seven, with a sister who needs her constant care, a hazardous journey ahead, and now a child in her charge. Several decades later, Chiara lives alone in Rome, a self-contained woman working as a translator. Always in the background is the shadow of Daniele, whose absence and the havoc he wrought on Chiara's world haunt her. Then she receives a phone call from a teenager claiming to be his daughter, and Chiara knows it is time to face up to the past.

The Writer's Compass

From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages

Author: Nancy Ellen Dodd

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599631974

Category: Reference

Page: 224

View: 8172

Map out your idea and finish your story in 7 stages! This book will show writers how to develop their ideas into a finished novel by working through it in 7 stages, while learning how to mapping out their story's progress and structure so they can evaluate and improve their work. It teaches writers to visualize their story's progress with a story map that helps them see all the different components of their story, where these components are going, and, perhaps most importantly, what's missing. The book simplifies Aristotle's elements of good writing (a.k.a. that each story should have a beginning, a middle and an end) into easily applicable concepts that will help writers improve their craft. The author helps readers strengthen their work by teaching them how to focus on one aspect of their story at a time, including forming stories and developing ideas, building strong structures, creating vibrant characters, and structuring scenes and transitions. Thought-provoking questions help writers more objectively assess their story's strengths and weaknesses so they may write the story they want to tell.

Writing Without Rules

How to Write and Sell a Novel Without Guidelines, Experts, Or (Occasionally) Pants

Author: Jeffrey Somers

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781440352928

Category: Fiction

Page: 248

View: 4934

Stop What You're Doing and Write! Yes, You; Write! Most writing guides imply--or outright state--that there's a fixed, specific formula or list of rules you must follow to achieve writing and publishing success. And all of them are phonies. Well, not completely. There are real, applicable techniques and strategies in any writing reference to help you. But the idea that there's only one way of writing? Nuts! With unconventional approaches to the craft, fresh angles on novel writing and selling, a healthy dose of humor, and no promise of refunds, Writing Without Rules is for those writers who have tried and tried again--and are ready to success on their own terms. In these pages, accomplished author Jeff Somers will show you: The key to a successful writing career is doing the actual writing, no matter the circumstances. Fantastic ideas are available everywhere--you just need to know how to tap into sources through a variety of approaches. Important craft aspects that you should focus on, such as characters and dialogue, while spending less time on others, like setting. Effective ways to get published--whether it's traditional or self-publishing--and how to supplement your income. Whether you're a plotter, a pantser, or somewhere in-between, Writing Without Rules is for those writers who are looking for a fresh take on tackling the challenge of writing and selling a novel, and building a career. As Somers will show you, it's less about being perfect in everything, and more about having the confidence to complete everything.

Live Original

How the Duck Commander Teen Keeps It Real and Stays True to Her Values

Author: Sadie Robertson,Beth Clark

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476777802

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 3491

The seventeen-year-old star of "Duck Dynasty" shares stories from her life and sheds light on the values and faith that influence her choices, while encouraging readers to remain true to themselves in the face of life's challenges.