Posts filed under ‘About Writing from the Heart’
Jack Kerouac’s brilliant, heartfelt advice about writing. Typically, silliness mixed in with profound wisdom. What a great mind and a loving heart the man had!
I am often asked by hesitant, would-be authors if I would take a look at their manuscripts and then tell them whether I think their idea for a book is “worth pursuing.” I always look at the work before answering the question. But, to be honest, I have never yet answered that question with a “no.” And it’s hard for me to imagine the circumstances in which I ever would. Here’s why…
Storytelling is not about conveying information. It’s about the joy of entering a world created by the storyteller, a world that can be entered and enjoyed as many times as the story is told well.
And whose story is worth telling? Everyone’s.
If anyone can be a writer, if writing is as natural as talking, then what is there to learn in a writing workshop? This new occasional column will explore some of the habits and techniques of writers.
The five most important rules to follow when editing your work.
This is a distillation of the things I think it is most important to remember when writing from the heart. With thanks to Anne Lamott, Brenda Ueland, Julia Cameron, Robert Wolf, Nancy Slonim Aronie, and all the other mentors and guides who have influenced and encouraged me.
A few quotes about why people write from some of those who know best…
A few of my favorite quotes about writing and the writing process
..it wasn’t until after she died and I had to learn how to live my life without her that I realized how critical my mother’s continuing existence had been to my own.
It is pretty amazing what happens when people tell the truth about where they are coming from, the truths they have lived, what they really think and believe.