Breathing in, Breathing Out Keeping a Writer's Notebook
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Description: Writers both new and experienced will appreciate [Fletcher's] clear and straightforward advice on how a writer's notebook can be used to find one's own voice and inner truth. - KLIATT Keeping a notebook may be the single best way to survive as a writer. It encourages a greater sensitivity to your world, inside and out. It serves as a haven for new ideas until they are strong and mature enough to face the harsh light of rational judgment. It gives you a quiet place to catch your breath and begin writing. Breathing In, Breathing Out is a book for the writer in each one of us, however lost, however buried. Ralph Fletcher takes a probing look into the nature of a writer's notebook, examining what it is, how writers use it, and what makes it tick. You will discover why writers like Naomi Shihab Nye and Dorothy Allison consider their notebooks so important to the work they create. You will also read snippets from Fletcher's notebook, where he reveals the "displayed self" of a writer whose innermost workings he knows best. To Fletcher, keeping a writer's notebook is as natural an activity as breathing so he has organized his book in a way that illuminates two basic aspects of the process. Breathing In refers to the way the notebook can serve as a receptacle for selected insights, lines, images, dreams, and fragments of conversations. In this way it helps you pay closer attention to your world. Breathing Out is intended to suggest the notebook as an ideal place to use what you have collected and spark your own original writing. This book is for new writers as well as those who may have once loved to write but have lost the spark along the way. It will help you find a natural rhythm for using a notebook and in the process start living the life of a writer.
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publication date: 11/18/1996
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
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|Breathing in the Physical World Talk|
|The Echo of the Past Necessary Words|
|A Place to Write Badly Compost and Transformation Divining Rod: Summoning the Deep Water Escaping the Monkey Trap|
|The Set Piece: Something Small and Beautiful Writing|
|Writing at the Border: Dangerous Words|