Magazine Articles Tagged With writing exercises

Wonder Woman: What My First Artists Retreat Taught Me About Writing, Murder, and Myself

by Nancy Méndez-Booth

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Posted 2.10.15

Nancy Méndez-Booth

On her way to the Vermont Studio Center and in a moment of panic, a writer tells a lie that leads her to realize an important truth about herself—and exactly what it takes to finish her novel.

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Submission Blitz: Finding Courage at a Writers Conference

by Melissa Chadburn

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Posted 2.10.15

Melissa Chadburn

In response to the pervasive gender disparity in publishing, the Los Angeles–based group Women Who Submit encourages women writers to gather together and submit their work to magazines, and to celebrate the often intimidating process of sending work out into the world.

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Be Bold, Be Free, Be Truthful

by Maria Massei Rosato

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Posted 2.10.15

Maria Massei Rosato

At the Sewall House retreat in Island Falls, Maine, the practice of yoga opens up new possibilities in the craft of writing.

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Why We Write: Going Back to Where It Was

by Carolyn Roy-Bornstein

The Literary Life

Posted 12.16.14

Carolyn Roy-Bornstein

After finding him paging through her diary, a mother confronts the ethical and emotional struggles of writing about her son’s traumatic brain injury.

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More Ideas Faster: Writing With Abandon

by Grant Faulkner

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Posted 12.16.14

Grant Faulkner

A writer learns that letting go of the need for perfectionism, and instead allowing the creative impulse to guide him fluidly and freely, can revitalize the practice of writing.

 

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Quieting the Mind: The Sound of Letting Go

by Sarah Herrington

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Posted 12.16.14

Sarah Herrington

While at a ten-day silent meditation retreat, a writer reluctantly puts away her pen, choosing instead to fully inhabit herself and her experience.

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Perversity of Spirit: What It Takes to Be a Writer

by Rufi Thorpe

The Literary Life

Posted 8.19.14

Rufi Thorpe

One author argues that talent is the least important part of becoming a writer.

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No Ideas but in Things: The Importance of First Objects

by Elizabeth Kostova

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Posted 1.1.14

Elizabeth Kostova

Channeling some of our earliest memories, and specifically the physical objects that often exist at the center of such recollections, can prove to be a productive writing exercise—and might just open the floodgates to inspiration. 

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Pedestrian Adventures: Walking to Inspiration

by Celia Johnson

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Posted 1.1.14

Celia Johnson

A number of writers—including Dickens, Thoreau, Woolf, and Wordsworth, to name a few—have turned to walking for inspiration. This essay explores the myriad benefits that ambulatory excercise can have on the creative life. 

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Urban Tumbleweed: Perambulatory Poetry

by Harryette Mullen

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Posted 1.1.14

Harryette Mullen

Poet Harryette Mullen explains how daily walks inspired her most recent collection, Urban Tumbleweed: Notes From a Tanka Diary (Graywolf Press, 2013), and shares a selection of poems from the book. 

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