Writing and Being: Embracing Your Life Through Creative Journaling
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Writing and Being: Embracing Your Life Through Creative Journaling

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Writing is a doorway to our most creative, spiritual self. Writing and Being approaches writing at the source of the process and then, with guided personal writing, leads us outward to meaningful and authentic public writing.

With powerful, practical step-by-step writing exercises and a plethora of examples, Writing and Being demonstrates that journaling is the most profoun...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 30th 2004 by New World Library
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Katie
I read this book for a final class paper, and I still can't decide whether I like it or not. Nelson presents a profoundly different perspective of the purpose and the process of writing, with reassurances and encouragement for those struggling to escape from their own dreary opinions of it. It is most of all a how-to book, and incidentally that I think is where it suffers. He offers suggestions on how to take the mumble-jumble of your stream-of-consciousness thoughts from your journal and start...more
Debby Palmer
I love this book! I picked it up for browsing and read it straight through. I don't agree with quite everything Nelson has to say (more a difference of style and personality than key principles), but this will definitely influence new workshops I create in a big way.

Nelson's articulation of mindfulness principles (which he doesn't generally label them) are in many cases clearer than any I've ever read. His Explorations (writing prompts/projects) are excellent both for self-discovery and for use...more
Heather Pagano
An exploration into writing, completely different from any writing book I've read before. A method of journaling not incompatible with yoga- stopping to connect with the breath before writing exercises, and using writing to more deeply connect with ourselves, our experience, our community. Nelson introduces ways to use journaling for self-healing and as a springboard for public writing.
Marsha
This book was a little too "touchy feely" for my tastes...but Nelson does have some interesting ideas to incorporate in the classroom.
Tami
Like many people, my experiences in English class were uninspired and downright dreary. The teacher told us to write about our summer vacation so painstakingly we all wrote some sort of drivel, as short and quickly as possible. Inevitably, that work came back with red marks all over it. I really wish I would have had G. Lynn Nelson as a teacher.

G. Lynn Nelson started out his career just like every other English teacher, ready with that red pen in his hand. Then, he had an epiphany which changed...more
Amy Lesher
This journaling "how-to" goes beyond the average entry-a-day diary. Emphasizing and encouraging writing from your heart, not only to shed light upon your own dilemmas, but to publicly share as well as a way to help others. With all the writing prompts and exercises offered, even the most closed-mouth writer will have something insightful to say. Writing is NOT about perfection: spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Writing IS a tool: to use language as a medium to share intimate thoughts and feeli...more
Amanda
This book changed my approach to writing. I had Lynn has a professor twice at ASU and he is an absolute genius and a pleasure to take a class from.
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