Writing the Heart

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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 Aug 09, 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 Aug 09, 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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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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How Travel, Journaling, and Yoga Bring Us Home to Our True Self bhakti book writing coaching brad wetzler memoir travel writing unconditional love writing yoga May 12, 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...

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Short Memoir: How Dogs Show Us How to Love Unconditionally bluenose pitbull book writing coaching brad wetzler memoir nonfiction unconditional love May 04, 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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How Travel Changes Us book writing coaching brad wetzler memoir nonfiction travel travel writing Feb 12, 2020

In 2011, I spent three months on walkabout in Israel and Palestine. At the time I was struggling with life. I wanted to see if I could believe in a higher power again as I did in my youth. I walked miles and miles in Jesus’ footsteps. Soaking in the Jordan River, I realized that 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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