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Write from the Heart: Unleashing the Power of Your Creativity

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In his first edition of Write from the Heart, Hal Zina Bennett presented a spiritual approach to writing that showed both beginners and seasoned authors how to overcome blocks, unleash their creative voice, and see their books in print. In this edition, he gives readers an even more interactive experience by incorporating exercises he's developed during his many years cond ...more
ebook, 274 pages
Published February 12th 2001 by Not Avail (first published 1995)
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Judy Croome
Dec 17, 2011 Judy Croome rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A warm mix of spiritual philosophy, writing techniques and personal anecdotes, WRITE FROM THE HEART is a master coach teaching by example.

Hal Zina Bennett gently leads the reader through an exploration of both solitude and creativity. While he acknowledges the need for technical expertise, Bennett always focuses on the connection between a writer’s creativity and the Divine Source that inspires the creative work. With examples that ground the spiritual explorations in a practical reality, Bennet
Marianne D. Wallace
I've underlined several passages and dog-eared many pages. All of which tells me there's much in this book I will use or be influenced by in the future. There are exercises at the end of the chapters which I did not do but that may be helpful in a classroom situation.

Especially helpful for fiction writers. Lots of advice on where stories come from and how to look within yourself for material you may not even realize is there. Gets a bit "new-age-y" at times, especially in the last third of the
♥ Ibrahim ♥

The book is not about mastering the craft of writing (Zinsser) or writing as a process (Elbow), but rather the emphasis here falls on "from the heart". How can you make your "heart" work for you and you unleash creativity? Do you see to it to connect with the Source of all inspiration? The Creative Source? Do you believe in yourself as a writer? In fact, you are born to write. What do you do to see this coming to place? A place of your own? Solitude? Joyce Carol Oates says that we should locate
Marlene Cullen
Apr 07, 2014 Marlene Cullen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Write From The Heart, Unleashing the Power of Your Creativity by Hal Zina Bennett is one of my all-time favorite books on writing. It's a perfect title for Hal's relaxed guidance that inspires deep writing.

The opening paragraphs are much like the in-person Hal, gentle, quiet, encouraging. The "Writing Explorations" sections invite contemplative writing. The "Core Concepts" support calm and tender writing.

Hal welcomes and invites us on a relaxed journey to travel inward and discover ourselves thr
I'm not sure how to rate this book... there were chapters that gave me new insight into the creative process and other parts that made me feel like I got stuck sitting next to the wrong person on the bus. I didn't particularly enjoy the autobiographical parts, particularly reading page after page about the author's dreams. Also, his brand of new-age spirituality was a bit much - in particular, the part about the Powwow at Stanford University, was impossible for me to read in one sitting because ...more
Denise Tarasuk
Aug 13, 2014 Denise Tarasuk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
Fantastic! I read this book over many moons as I kept reading and re-reading. There are lots of little surprises in this wonderful, "Write From The Heart.” This book is a keeper and touched my heart as I am sure it will touch yours! Thank you, Hal Zina Bennett for sharing your life, your stories, and filling my heart with joy.
Dr. Denise Tarasuk
Tom Britz
Oct 21, 2012 Tom Britz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fine book on the writing craft. It reads like part memoir and how to. It teaches that writing is a deeply spiritual practice.
Aug 07, 2013 Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This guy gets it. Very few of these how-to-write books are worth the bother, but this one actually has something to say.
Sep 05, 2015 Tatra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great reference for finding creativity and who you are as a writer.
Amanda Witt
A good little book, that informs people who may not know the subject so well, and describes the author's personal life experiences along the way.
Quotes from famous/notable authors are in the margins every few pages.
H. S. Palladino
Oct 15, 2015 H. S. Palladino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. Although it now has some outdated (and maybe not relevant to everyone) information in the last chapter about publishing, I overall think it is a great book with loads of valuable information to help you find your inner voice in writing.
Jan 28, 2014 Anonymous marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Skimmed through it and found a handful of good quotes and good advice. Would like to read through again one day to see what I missed.
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Born in Detroit, I lived in Birmingham, a suburb of Detroit, until the age of 12, when we moved north to a small village on Deer Lake. I became interested in writing during high school but didn't take it seriously until I was in my twenties when a publisher became interested in my writing on alternative education. My first book was published jointly by Random House and Bookworks, a small Californi ...more
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“The art of writing is not as solitary as one might think. When it finally dawns on us one day that our task as writers is to share what we know of the human spirit, we suddenly discover that we were never truly alone.” 5 likes
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