Writing with Heart

A blog about writing confidently and living adventurously

Icebergs, Jimi Hendrix, and a Million Shades of Blue adventure book writing coach creative nonfiction greenland Oct 18, 2020

I found this B&W print today while unpacking from my recent move. I was 30 years old, flying out the next day for Greenland and my first overseas adventure-writing assignment for a major magazine. I reported the article and then found myself camped out for three weeks on a beach socked in by...

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Short Memoir: Looking Back on Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air," Part II adventure book writing coaching brad wetzler editing jon krakauer memoir non-fiction travel writing writing Oct 15, 2020

How I Coached Jon Krakauer to Write the Story that Only He Could Tell

Last week, I posted Part I of the story of my involvement with "Into Thin Air." That post told the behind-the-scenes story of the days during and immediately after the storm that killed climbers during the 1996 season....

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Short Memoir: Looking Back on Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air" adventure book writing coaching brad wetzler editing everest jon krakauer memoir non-fiction travel writing writing Oct 15, 2020

Sending Jon Krakauer to Everest was my idea. After the news broke, I spent the better part of a day wondering if I’d put him in a frozen grave.

IT WAS THE WORST STORY IDEA idea an editor could come up with, let alone assign to a real human being. That’s how I felt on Saturday, May 11,...

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Short Memoir: How Pilgrimage Shows Us the Way Back to True Self adventure arunachala book writing coach india just do it krishna das pilgrimage shiva travel travel writing yoga Mar 18, 2020

 Last winter, I traveled to southern India for a pilgrimage to Arunachala, a conical mountain considered by Hindus to be the embodiment of Shiva, the god of destruction and rebirth. The night before the pilgrimage, I dropped onto the mattress in my bamboo hut hoping for a peaceful rest. I...

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Short Memoir: How Pilgrimage Shows Us the Way Back to True Self, Part 2 adventure arunachala book writing coaching brad wetzler editing india spirituality travel travel writing yoga Feb 04, 2020

Something changed in me that day on Mount Arunachala. I glimpsed something I’d never seen before. At least, not since I was a boy.

It was only a glimpse, so I can’t say for certain what I saw. But during and after my circumambulation, I peered deeper inside myself than I had done...

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