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Writing Begins with the Breath: Embodying Your Authentic Voice Paperback – September 11, 2007
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"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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Writing a book is a long, arduous journey. You will need friendly helping hands along the way. This book is one of those helping hands. It will help assure that your writing sees the light of day.
Destiny dropped this book in my lap just in the nick of time, as I am about to embark on a very personal writing adventure. When I saw the title, "Writing Begins with the Breath," for me, a yogi-writer, it was love at first sight! I thought to myself, "Just what I need!" And I was right.
Before reading the book, I visited Laraine Herring's web site. She is an award winning author and a master teacher of creative writing. She teaches workshops which use writing as a tool for healing. This book is sprinkled with lively anecdotes from her experiences as both student and teacher.
As I leaf through the book to write this review, I see underlined sentences on almost every page. "Writing Begins with the Breath" compliments the other books that encourage me down the writing path: Brenda Ueland's "If You Want to Write," Natalie Goldberg's "Writing Down the Bones," Deena Metzger's "Writing for Your Life," just to name a few.
Part One, entitled "Focusing the Mind," opens with a chapter called "Risk." Herring recalls how the memoirist Michael Datcher was giving a seminar where he discussed the element of personal risk. A writer must ask herself, "What are you willing to risk to tell your stories?Read more ›
Herring has succeeded in writing a book for every writer's bedside table.
Beginning with the belief that your body's cells hold memory, stories, and experiences, creative
writer/teacher Laraine Herring wants every writer to write authentically. What is authentic writing?
Different for each writer - you know it when you read it.
Using story, advice, clues, and exercises, she leads writers deeper into writing. Her yoga exercises
(this is not Rodney Yee's or Patricia Walden's yoga) teach simple breathing, standing, and relaxing
techniques to allow gentle connections within your body to assist your writing process and allow your
characters to speak.
On every page Laraine's words float, flow, tumble, and surprise as she talks to you, her student, her
friend, and fellow writer. Yes, she takes risks and opens veins; Laraine practices what she teaches.
"Writing Begins with the Breath" is an important book for writers. But don't take my word; Natalie
Goldberg's publisher chose to publish it.
Relaxation, Writing, and Romance
Relaxation One Breath at a Time
Alma Luz Villanueva
"Deep writing comes from our bodies, from our breath, and from our ability to remain solid in the places that scare us," Herring says. The term also refers to the connection or pathway we cultivate between our heads and our bodies. Herring offers breath and body exercises throughout the book to help readers find the space between the inhalation and exhalation where deep writing lives. That place, she says, is "between the doing and the dreaming, our place of power, of mystery, and of authenticity."
Part I is about "Focusing the Mind" and begins with a chapter on "risk." From my own experience, I know there needs to be some urgency in a piece of work to keep me going. There must be something I need to uncover. Herring describes writing as "passion and discovery." How true! She ends each chapter with "touchstones," which are lively prompts for your own deep writing practice.
From the one-word chapter titles of Part One such as risk, authenticity, humility, curiosity, empathy, acceptance, and relationship, Herring moves on to Part Two and "The Deep Writing Process." The section begins with "Self-Awareness." This is a pre-writing stage of asking yourself why you write or don't write. In her chapter called "Process vs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book. The author combines my love of meditation with my love of writing. I am moved to go deeper and write from my heart without thought to who will like it or not. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbara A. Parcells
Very different than other writing books. This focuses more on the writing process, not the product. It's along the lines of The Artist's Way, except it is less God focused and more... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rocky
Took my breath away. Nothing phoned in here. Herring writes, "Witness your stories. Don't direct them. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gina Greenlee
Love this book! Love this author. Raw and inspiring!
Author of, Fatherlessness...The Wound!
A go-to book for centering the thought process, preparing the body to write. I learn more with each reading.Published 21 months ago by Diana R.
I love this book. I have loaned it to another writer who is stuck but may not get it back. She will forget she has it though I won't.Published 23 months ago by Louise M. Bradbury
I'm not even sure how this book ended up in my shelf but I'm glad it did. It's amazing. I love the connection between writing and yoga.Published on April 14, 2014 by Buttercup
Loved the info in this book. Fresh ideas and insights about writing presented in new ways I thought. Recommending it to my writer friends and a writer's group at our center.Published on November 27, 2013 by a viewer