Creativity

Serious writers know the name Natalie Goldberg: writer, Zen teacher, and author of the classic Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, among other books on creativity. Most writers probably own that classic, referring to it time and again for advice, perhaps eagerly awaiting more writerly wisdom from the woman who changed the way writing is practiced. Well, wait no more. In The Great Spring, Goldberg shares the moments that have sprung from her own life of writing, teaching, and Zen practice—moments of searching, wandering, zigzagging, losing, and leaping where she has found herself and her voice. In these pages, we watch as Natalie "makes positive effort for the good"—one of the guiding rules of her writing life—and we see that if we can stay attentive in our lives, even in the middle of the ruins, "we can hear the sound of a songbird in a Paris chestnut tree."

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The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781611803167
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Published: Shambhala - February 2nd, 2016

Renowned spiritual teacher Louise Hay, in collaboration with Alberta Hutchinson, combines the life-changing powers of affirmations with the profound positive effects of creativity in this stunning coloring book. The book features 44 affirmations, each coupled with an exquisite illustration and decorative border. Coloring while focusing on the affirmation encourages your mind to put attention on what you truly desire in life. What's more, through creative right-brain activity, you'll tap into your subconscious, creating deep shifts and lasting changes in your life.

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ISBN: 9781401950507
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Published: Hay House - October 27th, 2015

Do you have dreams of becoming a successful published author? Are you writing, or do you plan to write, a non-fiction book or novel? Good. Dream big. But build the foundation underneath, with this manual as your guide. Nina Amir, author of How to Blog a Book, asks the hard questions: Do you have a vision of success? What are you willing to sacrifice? Why would someone want to read your book? What is it about? Who is your market? And that's just the beginning. You've got the answers, and Nina's got the methods to draw them out. With worksheets to fill in, computer programs to help your process, and sample book proposals (with comments from agents), you'll learn how to set concrete goals, develop an "author attitude," analyze the market and the competition, come up with a saleable title, structure your masterpiece, build a platform to brand yourself, write, edit, and publish that dream book once and for all. Follow the steps, and you'll have a complete business plan or book proposal to show agents and publishers. The Author Training Manual is the guide to get for a budding author, someone who's been at it for awhile, or that person in your life who is always saying, "someday I'm gonna write a bestseller."

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By Nina Amir, James Scott Bell (Foreword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781599631455
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Published: Writer's Digest Books - March 18th, 2014

The subtitle says it well: this is a “thinking person’s” guide to writing. Good writing is not about memorizing rules, but about examining how the rules co-exist with actual usage “in the wild,” understanding how our brains process information, and considering how context and style decisions affect our choices. Pinker gives us tools for thinking about our writing in a conscious, careful way, and his own writing is enjoyable and clear, and exemplifies his advice.

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The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670025855
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Published: Viking Books - September 30th, 2014

"Tell me a story," your child pleads at bedtime. You settle back and say, "Once upon a time…" and come up blank. Not everyone knows how to get a good story going. But everyone loves a good tale. Do you know a budding fiction writer who spends more time doodling than writing because he or she doesn't know how to start? No worries. Just open the magic box and draw a card. And Then… is a treasure trove of story beginnings designed to spark the imagination. What happens after you journey beyond a secret door, join the circus, explore an underground tunnel, or turn invisible for twenty-four hours? There's no end to the stories to tell, or how to tell them. For ages 4 to 104, these sturdy, oversized, delightfully illustrated cards can be used at bedtime, on the road, in the classroom, or with a group. Pick one, begin reading, and make up your own ending.

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ISBN: 9781935414988
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Published: Compendium Inc - March 1st, 2014