Magazine Articles Tagged With writing exercises

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

Special Section

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

Special Section

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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Urban Tumbleweed: Perambulatory Poetry

by Harryette Mullen

Special Section

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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No Ideas but in Things: The Importance of First Objects

by Elizabeth Kostova

Special Section

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

Special Section

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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A Crucial Collaboration: Reader-Writer-Character-Book

by Ruth Ozeki

The Literary Life

Posted 5.1.13

May/June 2013

Character calls forth writer. Writer calls forth reader. It seems straightforward—but is it? Novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki explores the relationships embedded in every novel and work of fiction.

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Editor Christian Wiman Leaving Poetry Magazine, Susan Shapiro's Memoir Advice, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 1.2.13

Publishers Weekly reports independent bookstores experienced a rise in sales over the holidays; editor Christian Wiman announced he is leaving his position at Poetry magazine; the Review Review offers an easy five-step guide to submitting your writing; and other news.

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The Secret Lives of Stories: Rewriting Our Personal Narratives

by Frank Bures

Feature

Posted 1.1.13

January/February 2013

Contributing editor Frank Bures recalls a meeting with the late poet Paul Gruchow during his formative years, a memory that sparks a personal investigation to better understand the stories we tell ourselves in an unconcious attempt to make sense of our lives.

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