Writing with Heart

A blog about writing confidently and living adventurously

The VAST Method of Narrative Writing (aka The Magic Formula) book writing coach book writing coaching brad wetzler creative nonfiction memoir nonfiction Oct 23, 2020

Struggling to write a nonfiction book or memor? In this video, writing teacher Brad Wetzler discusses his VAST Method of Narrative Writing. It will help you make progress, finish, and publish your book.

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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: 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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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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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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Why Writers Need More Self-Compassion and How to Cultivate It book writing coach brad wetzler memoir non-fiction self-compassion self-love writing Aug 06, 2020

As a book writing coach, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to help my clients. Sometimes ideas come to me while watching Netflix. 

I recently watched Bruce Springsteen on Broadway on Netflix. Springsteen’s playing is rousing. His storytelling, more so. But the...

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Yoga and My Quest for True Self book writing coach brad wetzler memoir nonfiction spirituality writing yoga yoga of writing Jun 09, 2020

A consistent yoga practice can be powerful. It’s like standing in front of a mirror and staring at your reflection. This can be frightening for anybody, but for a middle-aged man it is especially so.

First, you see things that surprise or shock you. Is my belly really that lumpy? Is my hair...

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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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How Bhakti Yoga Brings Us Back to Our Hearts bhakti book writing coach brad wetzler chanting memoir nonfiction yoga Mar 10, 2020

Spiritual practices are an important way I stay connected to my deepest self. Yoga and meditation are my go-to practices. When I practice consistently, I do better at staying grounded in the present moment. And when I stay grounded in the NOW, I am slower to react to difficult situations and...

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