How to Craft Prose That Engages and Inspires Your Readers

Author: Vinita Hampton Wright

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780829439083

Category: Reference

Page: 165

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The Art of Spiritual Writing seeks to instruct writers on how to hone the art and craft of spiritual writing in order to connect with readers. Although written by Vinita Hampton Wright, a successful author and editor of spirituality books, this is not another book about how to get published. Spiritual writers will learn how to uncover the truth of what they have to say. As they grow in their writing ability, their own spirituality will also grow.
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How to Craft Prose That Engages and Inspires Your Readers

Author: Vinita Hampton Wright

Publisher: Loyola Press

ISBN: 0829439099

Category: Reference

Page: 120

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There's a constant hunger in the world for books that explore the spiritual aspects of life, but writing about spirituality is far more complex than simply sharing personal reflections about God and the life of faith. Editors and publishers who specialize in spiritual writing find that what is important to work out for yourself on paper may not always be the best way to connect to readers. Because of its personal nature, it can be difficult to find the balance in spiritual writing between what is good writing for you and what is good writing for others. Incorporating her 20+ years of publishing and writing experience, Vinita Hampton Wright provides a practical and straightforward look at spiritual writing for a broader audience in The Art of Spiritual Writing. This slim volume is loaded with writing tips, advice, and exercises to help the writer hone and craft his or her personal thoughts into an engaging, inspiriing, and publishable piece. Readers will learn such things as why authenticity matters, how to find their authentic voice, and how to engineer their creativitiy so that it resonates with readers. The Art of Spiritual Writing demonstrates that by taking the time to learn and implement the process and craft of writing, we can begin to uncover new ways to ocnnect with ourselves, our readers, and God. And as we grow in our writing ability, our spirituality blossoms as well.
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Author: James Wood

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780374173401

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 265

View: 3780

A book-length essay by the forefront literary critic takes readers on a philosophical tour of the art of the novel, in a wide-ranging piece that explores such topics as the definition of style, the connection between realism and real life, and the qualities that make a story. By the author of The Irresponsible Self.
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Why Those Who Tell (and Live) the Best Stories Will Rule the Future

Author: Jonah Sachs

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1422143570

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 6743

Trying to get your message heard? Build an iconic brand? Welcome to the battlefield. The story wars are all around us. They are the struggle to be heard in a world of media noise and clamor. Today, most brand messages and mass appeals for causes are drowned out before they even reach us. But a few consistently break through the din, using the only tool that has ever moved minds and changed behavior—great stories. With insights from mythology, advertising history, evolutionary biology, and psychology, viral storyteller and advertising expert Jonah Sachs takes readers into a fascinating world of seemingly insurmountable challenges and enormous opportunity. You’ll discover how: • Social media tools are driving a return to the oral tradition, in which stories that matter rise above the fray • Marketers have become today’s mythmakers, providing society with explanation, meaning, and ritual • Memorable stories based on timeless themes build legions of eager evangelists • Marketers and audiences can work together to create deeper meaning and stronger partnerships in building a better world • Brands like Old Spice, The Story of Stuff, Nike, the Tea Party, and Occupy Wall Street created and sustained massive viral buzz Winning the Story Wars is a call to arms for business communicators to cast aside broken traditions and join a revolution to build the iconic brands of the future. It puts marketers in the role of heroes with a chance to transform not just their craft but the enterprises they represent. After all, success in the story wars doesn’t come just from telling great stories, but from learning to live them.
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7 Principles to Become a Writer on Mission

Author: Edna Ellison,Linda Gilden

Publisher: New Hope Publishers

ISBN: 1596699000

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

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Called to Write will inspire you to either pick up the art of writing or will affirm your calling to write for the kingdom of God. Written by two award-winning and widely published authors and writing coaches, the book is filled with wisdom about how to keep your writing in line with the heart of God. Called to Write identifies seven key competencies every author needs to be a writer on mission. Two aspects of each of the seven competencies are included. First, authors will explore the competency through an informational chapter helping them understand the importance of staying grounded in that competency area. The informational chapter is then followed up by an inspiring how-to-implement section, making the book extremely practical. Called to Write is ideal for keeping a Christian writer on track with a gospel focus in their writing.
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A Bestselling Writer s Guide to Successful Publication

Author: Hal Zina Bennett

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577318262

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 3740

In Writing Spiritual Books, Hal Zina Bennett, who has coached such well-known writers as Shakti Gawain, Judith Orloff, and Jerry Jampolsky, shows readers how to focus on their spiritual experience in a way that will enlighten and captivate others. Including both anecdotal and prescriptive material gleaned from his work as a writing coach, the book contains writing exercises, exploratory questions, and other practical guidance. A useful resource section addresses the too-often-neglected issue of finding an agent and publisher with current lists of both. Individual chapters include Choosing a Vehicle for Your Message, Where to Begin — Finding Models to Follow and Read Deeply, and Getting Published and What Comes Later.
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Concept to Contract

Author: David E. Fessenden

Publisher: Sonfire Media LLC

ISBN: 9780982577332

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 202

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"There are three rules for writing a book," a famous author once said. "Unfortunately, no one knows what they are!"To some extent, the process of writing a book is shrouded in mystery. Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract takes the confusion out of the writing and publishing process. Based on Dave Fessenden's regular column in Cross & Quill magazine and the seminars he teaches at Christian writers' conferences across the country, this book presents eight steps every author must take to be successfully published.
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Writing as a Spiritual Practice

Author: Pat Schneider

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199933987

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 303

View: 5976

"'When I begin to write, I open myself and wait. And when I turn toward an inner spiritual awareness, I open myself and wait.' With that insight, Pat Schneider invites readers to contemplate their lives through spiritual observation and exploratory writing. In seventeen concise thematic chapters that include meditations on topics such as fear, prayer, forgiveness, social justice, and death, How the Light Gets In gracefully guides readers through the philosophical and spiritual questions that face everyone in the course of meeting life's challenges. Praised as a 'fuse lighter' by author Julia Cameron and 'the wisest teacher of writing I know' by the celebrated writing guru Peter Elbow, Pat Schneider has lived a life of writing and teaching, passion and compassion. With How the Light Gets In, she delves beyond the typical 'how-to's' of writing to offer an extended rumination on two inner paths, and how they can run as one. Schneider's book is distinct from the many others in the popular spirituality and creative writing genre by virtue of its approach, using one's lived experience--including the experience of writing--as a springboard for expressing the often ineffable events that define everyday life. Her belief that writing about one's own life leads to greater consciousness, satisfaction, and wisdom energizes the book and carries the reader elegantly through difficult topics. As Schneider writes, 'All of us live in relation to mystery, and becoming conscious of that relationship can be a beginning point for a spiritual practice--whether we experience mystery in nature, in ecstatic love, in the eyes of our children, our friends, the animals we love, or in more strange experiences of intuition, synchronicity, or prescience.'"--Provided by publisher.
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A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life

Author: Judy Reeves

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577313120

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

View: 540

First published a decade ago, A Writer's Book of Days has become the ideal writing coach for thousands of writers. Newly revised, with new prompts, up-to-date Web resources, and more useful information than ever, this invaluable guide offers something for everyone looking to put pen to paper — a treasure trove of practical suggestions, expert advice, and powerful inspiration. Judy Reeves meets you wherever you may be on a given day with: • get-going prompts and exercises • insight into writing blocks • tips and techniques for finding time and creating space • ways to find images and inspiration • advice on working in writing groups • suggestions, quips, and trivia from accomplished practitioners Reeves's holistic approach addresses every aspect of what makes creativity possible (and joyful) — the physical, emotional, and spiritual. And like a smart, empathetic inner mentor, she will help you make every day a writing day.
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The Process of Writing Fiction

Author: Robert Olen Butler

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 155584619X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, teaches graduate fiction at Florida State University — his version of literary boot camp. In From Where You Dream, Butler reimagines the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual, and tells writers how to achieve the dreamspace necessary for composing honest, inspired fiction. Proposing that fiction is the exploration of the human condition with yearning as its compass, Butler reinterprets the traditional tools of the craft using the dynamics of desire. Offering a direct view into the mind and craft of a literary master, From Where You Dream is an invaluable tool for the novice and experienced writer alike.
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The Art and Craft of Religious Writing

Author: Mary Gordon,William K. Zinsser,David Bradley,Jaroslav Jan Pelikan

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)

ISBN: 9780395515631

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 189

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Six writers discuss the novel-like structure of the Catholic mass, the history of religious writing, self-discovery, Biblical language, and the influence of Eastern religions
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Finding Your Voice by Looking Within

Author: Patrice Vecchione

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

ISBN: 9780809224975

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 220

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Inside the mind of every writer a story exists, and it is the writer's job to find it. But according to poet and teacher Patrice Vecchione, it's only when writers tap into their own spirituality, in whatever form, that they'll be able to find their true voices and release their stories. In the tradition of Anne Lamott's best-selling Bird by Bird, and Julia Cameron's The Right to Write, Writing and the Spiritual Life interweaves the remarks of prominent writers such as Annie Dillard and Joy Marjo with easy-to-follow writing activities.
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Engaging Creativity with Spirituality in the Writing Life

Author: Vinita Hampton Wright

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830832316

Category: Religion

Page: 260

View: 6924

Vinita Hampton Wright leads you through the process and practice of integrating the worlds of Christian spirituality and creativity.
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Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling

Author: Charles Johnson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501147226

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 349

From Charles Johnson—a National Book Award winner, Professor Emeritus at University of Washington, and one of America’s preeminent scholars on literature and race—comes an instructive, inspiring guide to the craft and art of writing. An award-winning novelist, philosopher, essayist, screenwriter, professor, and cartoonist, Charles Johnson has devoted his life to creative pursuit. His 1990 National Book Award-winning novel Middle Passage is a modern classic, revered as much for its daring plot as its philosophical underpinnings. For thirty-three years, Johnson taught and mentored students in the art and craft of creative writing. The Way of the Writer is his record of those years, and the coda to a kaleidoscopic, boundary-shattering career. Organized into six accessible, easy-to-navigate sections, The Way of the Writer is both a literary reflection on the creative impulse and a utilitarian guide to the writing process. Johnson shares his lessons and exercises from the classroom, starting with word choice, sentence structure, and narrative voice, and delving into the mechanics of scene, dialogue, plot and storytelling before exploring the larger questions at stake for the serious writer. What separates literature from industrial fiction? What lies at the heart of the creative impulse? How does one navigate the literary world? And how are philosophy and fiction concomitant? Luminous, inspiring, and imminently accessible, The Way of the Writer is a revelatory glimpse into the mind of the writer and an essential guide for anyone with a story to tell.
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A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life

Author: Albert Flynn DeSilver

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 1622039122

Category: Self-Help

Page: 208

View: 5474

The best writers say their work seems to come from a source beyond the thinking mind. But how do we access that source? “We must first look inside ourselves and be willing to touch that raw emotional core at the heart of a deeper creativity,” writes Albert Flynn DeSilver. In Writing as a Path to Awakening, this renowned poet, writer, and teacher shows you how to use meditation to cultivate true depth in your own writing—so your words reveal layers of profound insight that inspire and move your readers. Constructed as a year-long exploration with a new focus for each month and season, Writing as a Path to Awakening includes: • How to approach writing and reading with a greater level of presence and immersion • Engaging curiosity, playfulness, and spontaneity to keep your regular practice fresh • Meditating with poetry to deeply embody the power of language • How you can spark your imagination by connecting to the groundless source of creation • The meditative approach to storytelling—how not being trapped in your story liberates your capacity to create • Editing, rewriting, and the path of spiritual transformation “Writing and meditation practice are a powerful pair, a dynamic duo,” Albert Flynn DeSilver teaches. “Together they nourish and push, trigger and define, inform and inspire, enable, and energize. To engage in both practices fully is to activate a more complete, creative, and spiritual self.” With a mixture of engaging storytelling and practical exercises, Writing as a Path to Awakening invites you on a yearlong journey of growth and discovery—to enhance your writing through the practice of meditation while using the creative process to accelerate your spiritual evolution.
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Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write

Author: Gayle Brandeis

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0061737119

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

View: 8231

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing A sumptuous, sensuous writing guide from the author of the award-winning The Book of Dead Birds
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12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts

Author: Anne Kroeker,Charity Singleton Craig

Publisher: T. S. Poetry Press

ISBN: 9780989854245

Category: Authorship

Page: 164

View: 1545

Is your writing life all it can be? Let this book act as your personal coach, to explore the writing life you already have and the writing life you wish for, and close the gap between the two. Gain insights through helpful stories from the authors' established writing careers. Explore twelve simple (but vital) habits-through journaling, writing prompts, bonus activities, and discussion questions. The honest and witty stories help build a vision for a satisfying, sustainable writing life, while the prompts and activities on the twelve vital habits will help you make that life a reality. Also includes extra resources like "tools for the writing life," "recommended reading," "Artist Dates," "resources for writing a book proposal," and "resources for launching a writers group." Sage, surprising, endlessly useful! *** The Masters in Fine Living Series is designed to help people live a whole life through the power of reading, writing, and just plain living. Look for titles with the tabs read, write, live, play, learn, or grow-and join a culture of individuals interested in living deeply, richly.
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