Writing the Heart

A blog about writing confidently and living boldly

 
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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The Stories You've Lived to Tell memoir nonfiction writing Aug 16, 2020

Want to learn how to tell the stories you've lived to tell? This 30-minute instructional video by author, journalist, editor Brad Wetzler will show you exactly how to write about your life in memoir or nonfiction.

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How to Tell Your Origin Story memoir nonfiction origin story publishing writing Aug 16, 2020

Want to learn how to tell your origin story? An origin story can help you establish your expertise in business and life. This 30-minute video by author, journalist, editor Brad Wetzler will show you exactly how to tell your origin story with grace and power.

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How to Write about Travel memoir nonfiction travel writing writing Aug 16, 2020

Do you wish to learn how to write and publish travel articles and essays? This 30-minute instructional video by author, journalist, and travel writer Brad Wetzler will give you all the information you need to succeed.

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How to Find Your Author Voice in Memoir and Nonfiction author memoir nonfiction publishing voice writing Aug 16, 2020

Struggling to find your author voice in memoir or nonfiction? This 30-minute video will help you write a book and become a published author. 

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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 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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Short Memoir: On Finding Your Author Voice book writing coach brad wetzler memoir nonfiction writing Aug 09, 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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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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The Hidden Power of a Daily Writing Practice memoir nonfiction writing writing practice yoga of writing Aug 07, 2020

Writing is more like yoga than you might think.

Both disciplines require learning specific rules and vocabularies. Yoga has its 8 Limbs, one of which is asana, or the physical poses that most Westerners consider to be yoga. Each asana asks the yogi to hold the body in a specific and precise way....

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