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Writing With A Heavy Heart: Using Grief and Loss to Stretch Your Fiction

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  45 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
"Jaden's Writing With A Heavy Heart is a must-have for any writer's craft shelf. The combination of clear guidance and practical exercises allow writers to take their manuscripts to a deeper level."
- Eileen Cook Author of Unraveling Isobel and The Almost Truth

In her first non-fiction mini-book, Denise Jaden explores the stages and outlets of grief and how to implement them
ebook, 120 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Denise Jaden Books
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Brook  Lohmeier
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have wanted this book for some time and then got it as an audio book through audible. I am now hooked and want my own hard copy of the book. I loved how the book went through the uses of grief in writing. I had never really thought about how grief affects characters. Looking back I think that the lack of good development of grief is why there have been books and movies that I have found unrealistic.

I agree with Denise that you need to feel for the character before you can instantly care about
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking how to take your writing to a deeper level this is a book for you. It's full of practical suggestions and clear examples that guide the reader through the concepts and how they can implement those ideas into their own writing.
I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone writing about a grieving character. Denise's book is filled not only with information on the process of grieving, but also exercises and tips for using that knowledge to create authentic, engaging characters dealing with the loss.
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super helpful ways of looking at grief, and how to handle it with writing. Definitely worth the money.
Elle Strauss
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Writing With A Heavy Heart has a lot of really good insights on grief and suggestions on how to incorporate them to fiction."

- Lee Strauss,

author of The Perception Series
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is designed for authors who are new to writing about grieving characters or who want to use this element of their story more effectively or with more depth.

The book is broken into sections, with each section containing key points and practical exercises you can use to create conflict and build depth in your characters.

It's well structured, easy to understand and there are examples to help you see how you cam apply the exercises to your writing.

Laura did a great job with the narration,
Emily Ross
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author.

This was such a good book in explaining how you can make your characters deeper and realistic. The process of grief in writing hadn't been something that I had paid much attention to before, but Denise Jaden shows how you can implement it within a novel both as a plot aid, character development and realistic process of actually grieving in real life. It was incredibly respectful.
J. N.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short but interesting. The narrator had an accent that you usually would not hire for an audiobook.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book plays two roles: it addresses the subject matter as a therapeutic process that can help a writer overcome a grief; it also provides a logistical or writerly process on how to approach such heavy subject matter. The author’s tone and understanding on the subject belies her own experiences, which she shares in poignant and often heart-warming manners.
Mihail Trajkovski
rated it really liked it
Jun 29, 2017
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Denise Jaden enjoys writing craft books for writers and fiction for young adults.

Her first novel for teens, LOSING FAITH, was released from Simon Pulse, fall 2010. The first draft was written in 21 days during NaNoWriMo. NEVER ENOUGH, her second novel, was released July 10, 2012. A companion group of stories--NEVER ENOUGH STORIES is available for free at WRITING WITH A HEAVY HEART:
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