Writing with Heart

A blog about writing confidently and living adventurously

Short Memoir: On Finding Your Author Voice book writing coach brad wetzler memoir nonfiction writing Oct 15, 2020

I want to tell you about a book that, each time I open it, makes me a better writer. You probably haven’t heard of it, or of the author, Ted Solotaroff. It’s not a best-seller like Bird by Bird or a popular favorite like Stephen King’s On Writing. In fact,...

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What My Bluenose Pit Bull Taught Me about Love dogs love travel yoga Oct 14, 2020

When I used to travel a lot as a magazine writer, I tried to work fast so that I could explore more of the countries I visited. I gravitated toward holy sites. Temples, churches, ashrams, ancient ruins, active charnel grounds. I wasn’t a believer, so I wasn’t even sure what...

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Love and Memoir Uncategorized Oct 13, 2020

Working in memoir requires a writer to stand in the fire of truth. This means holding ourselves accountable to seeing what’s true about our lives. Part of my process as a book writing coach is to point clients to ways they can write with a more open heart. Writing well about our...

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How to Tell Your Origin Story memoir nonfiction origin story publishing writing Oct 07, 2020

Tell Your Origin Story:

Barry Lopez: The world is held together with stories and compassion.

We all have an origin story (a term from comic books). They need to understand how they got their superpowers. These superheroes had problems like humans and responded like humans. Over time it became...

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How to Turn Yourself into a Character in Nonfiction and Memoir book writing coach brad wetzler creative nonfiction creative writing memoir nonfiction Sep 18, 2020

In this 30-minute writing lesson, writing teacher and book writing coach Brad Wetzler discusses various techniques writers can use to turn our complex human personalities into coherent characters that the reader can make sense of and follow through the course of a story.  

 

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The Three Arcs of a Story creative writing memoir nonfiction writing Sep 01, 2020

Are you struggling to write a memoir or nonfiction book? Your writing will get stronger when you understand the three arcs of narrative writing: physical, emotional, and intentional.

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How to Write Powerful Scenes in Memoir and Nonfiction creative writing memoir nonfiction Aug 22, 2020

Brad Wetzler, author, journalist, award-winning editor, book writing coach, and yoga/mindfulness teacher, presents a 30-minute write course on how to write more powerful scenes and anecdotes in memoir and nonfiction.

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How to Cultivate a Bigger View in Writing and Life book writing coach brad wetzler memoir nonfictino overview effect spirituality writing Aug 09, 2020

Seeing our planet–the entire misty blue sphere–from outer space changes one’s perspective. Astronauts who’ve experienced this say it’s like a mystical experience. It changed them.

This big shift in consciousness is called The Overview Effect. The term was coined by...

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Yoga of Writing memoir spirituality writing writing practice yoga yoga of writing Aug 09, 2020

Years ago, I committed to a daily yoga practice after two decades of casual three-days-per-week practice.  Within months, I saw tangible results. I became more fit, more flexible, a little happier, a little less reactive, and even more connected to my spiritual self, which I’d...

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How to Tell a Great Story in Your Memoir or Narrative Nonfiction Book memoir narrator nonfiction publishing storytelling suspense writing Aug 09, 2020

Writing a memoir or narrative nonfiction book requires a wide range of skills. You've got to be able to do it all: organize thoughts, structure chapters, report the facts, and, after all the big-picture stuff, you must also pay attention to the smallest of details such as...

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How to Write an Irresistible Book Proposal book proposal book writing coaching brad wetzler nonfiction publishing Aug 08, 2020

Do you seek to publish your nonfiction book with a traditional publisher? Then you’ll want to write a compelling book proposal.

To help you get started, I’m offering you this free guide to writing your book proposal.

I am an experienced book-proposal coach. I help people...

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Take these 11 Steps and You Too Can Be a Published Author become an author nonfiction publish self-publishing traditional publishing write a book Aug 08, 2020
  1. Journal about your book and expertise. 
    In other words, write like crazy about your book idea and your expertise. Ask yourself, what gifts of knowledge and wisdom do I have to share with the world? 
  2. Locate your tribe. 
    Research your audience. Who are your...
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