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Writing Begins with the Breath

In this distinctive guide to the craft of writing, author Laraine Herring shows us how to tune into our bodies and connect with our emotions so that our writing becomes an expression of our full beings, rather than just an intellectual exercise. With warmth and wisdom, Herring offers a path to discovering "deep writing"--prose that is unique, expressive, and profoundly authentic. Lessons and imaginative exercises show you how to: stay with your writing when your mind or body starts to pull you away; explore the five senses in your writing; and approach your writing without judgment. Writing Begins with the Breath will open up a whole world of creativity for people who may not have considered themselves writers before, while also providing keen insights into the craft for seasoned writers. To learn more about the author, Laraine Herring, visit her website at
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Laraine Herring holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Counseling Pschology. She has developed numerous workshops that use writing as a tool for healing grief and loss. She also works with substance abusers, using personal story to help them work through issues of addiction. She is the author of LOST FATHERS:HOW WOMEN HEAL FROM ADOLESCENT FATHER LOSS and MONSOONS, a book of short stories. Her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in national and local publications. Her fiction has won the Barbara Deming Award for Women.


"Practical, accessible, and motivational."--The Washington Post "A worthwhile and motivating read for all writers, whether or not they are familiar with yoga. Those who enjoy Julia Cameron's (The Artist's Way, etc.) holistic approach should similarly like Herring's work."--Library Journal "The practice is exquisitely clear; breathe and write. This book is an excellent guide and a catalyst for that deep work, and a wise companion for the writer's journey."--SARK, author and artist of Fabulous Friendship Festival "Laraine Herring takes you on a journey toward wholeness as a writer--she not only explores every aspect of the writing process; she also invites you to explore every aspect of your writing self--body, mind, and spirit. Anyone who writes--or wants to--will find this book as essential and inspiring as breath."--Gayle Brandeis, author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write

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