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Writing Wild: Forming a Creative Partnership with Nature

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Even if we don’t write about nature, Tina Welling demonstrates, nature triggers our stories. This is because “everything we know about creating, we know intuitively from the natural world.” One can set the stage for creation by following these three steps: consciously naming the information gathered by the senses, describing the sensory details of one particular object, an ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by New World Library (first published April 1st 2014)
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Claire Lillian
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of nature, writing, or both!
Shelves: favorites, nonfiction
"Nature is pure energy, expressed creatively, forever changing. We can partner with the natural world for inspiration, comfort, and nurturing. Living in partnership with nature can also help us produce new ideas and images and draw supporting material to ourselves. This occurs when we open to possibility, honor chance events, become willing to make unusual connections, and experience the outdoors with a willingness to fall in love with essential aliveness."

This book makes me so incredibly ha
Tiffany Sunday
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Last August, I purchased Writing Wild at Pilgrim's Way Books in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Last weekend, on February 16, I picked up the book again, and started reading. I believe all books have a purpose and some books are meant to be read at different points in our lives. With the personal chaos this month, her book was a welcome lighthouse, a break from my schedule and a gentle reminder to place my writing first which I have a bad habit of placing second, third or last. Writers are often ...more
Mindy Hardwick
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Filled with nuggets of inspiration drawn from nature this is a great one to read alongside Bird By Bird.
Artemisia Hunt
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I first approached Writing Wild as a book that appeared to pair writing practice with spending time in nature, which of course is a wonderful idea. Many writers and other creative people talk about how long walks in nature can be a wonderful way to get creative juices flowing as preparation for a long day of creating. However author Tina Welling takes this idea deeper as she subtitles this book, "Forming a Creative Partnership with Nature". It is far more about a spiritual connection to the wild ...more
Story Circle Book Reviews
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Writing Wild: Forming a Creative Partnership with Nature begins with a poetic description of the sudden illumination of a dew-beaded spider web. "One moment, the dead tree was notable only for its shapely flare... The next moment, it was aflame with stars." This moment highlights the interconnectedness between earth's creative energy and personal creative energy.

Author Tina Welling shares her journey and the specific steps she took to bring her creative rhythm into alignment with the rhythms of
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tina Welling is a fiction writer, known for Cowboys Never Cry, Fairytale Blues and Crybaby Ranch. This book, Writing Wild, is non-fiction; in fact, it is a book about writing. Here's how Welling describes the book:

Everything we know about creating, we know intuitively from the natural world. Over and over, nature shows us the rules of creativity. . . Writing Wild offers writers, journal keepers, and those others of us who wish to live more fully a direct pathway into a stronger relationship wit
Ann Michael
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a good and useful book for writers, but decidedly geared toward beginners.

I feel as though I already know most of what Welling writes here, but that is because of my own particular background, training, and approach to writing. So it is no reflection on the book itself.

I do not give it 5 stars for several reasons, though...reasons that may have more to do with Welling's editors or publisher. The book feels redundant in places, and the structure seems a bit forced to meet chapter or theme
I loved this book so much that I turned around and read it again, slower this time, and even bought another copy to give to my sister! This was the kind of thing I was looking for when I picked up Healing with Nature as well as Partnering with Nature! Wonderful, practical advice for how to attune your senses to the outside world and how to use that to connect with your creativity.
Susan Marsh
For anyone who is stuck - either with writing or something else in their personal life - getting outside and letting the natural world in is true medicine. Tina shows you how with some simple but profound methods, as she tells her own story about how she came to writing as both personal expression and a means for learning who she truly is.
David Buhler
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book, not only for writers, is full of wisdom for anyone wishing to live a fuller life.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is not in line with how I view the world, namely the spiritual undertones. The author is too David Avocado Wolfe for me, with her messages of balancing ions in the body, energies, chakras, etc. A snake crossing your path has meaning only because you’ve given it meaning; not because the universe is speaking to you...

However, once I push past all that material, she makes good points. Writers need empathy towards themselves and also need to be in touch with themselves and nature to fully
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Despite reading this side-by-side with Bird by Bird (which is genius), I very much enjoyed it and felt it had poignant points for the writer about listening, observing, being still. A point that really resonated with me was her discussion about a writer's need for recognition. While she talks about ego, both the problems with it and the function it serves, it was the part about the writer's essence that I felt to be engaging. "We are people who are creative, attentive, and deeply engaged with li ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
It took me much longer to read this than I anticipated. There are many writing exercises throughout the book to focus and practice writing. At times, it fell more into mysticism than I would prefer, but whatever gets you expressing yourself is what matters. I had a hard time focusing on the book because of all the ideas and memories it would cause to bubble up in my mind.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this book! This is exactly the kind of motivation I needed to get me inspired to write; and since I love nature, how perfect is this? I loved the "try this" exercises. ...more
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of great writing advice! Though parts of it felt a bit appropriative of Indigenous practices.
Ashley Bloom
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So good I’m buying it!
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one! Believable, approachable writing advice. Even if you don’t pick up the pen, you will feel closer to a sense of play and natural observation.
Mary Ann
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tina Welling wrote for many years before declaring to herself and her family she was giving writing a prominent place in her life. She had once been “an indecisive, dependent woman who leaned excessively on her husband.”
It was the process of writing that “continually threw me back into myself, because only I could decide what to write.”
The process of writing is important to Welling – much more so than publication. To find recognition, exchange and acceptance though, Welling knows writers ne
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this walk through the author's creative process, and have already put some of her ideas into practice. I've neglected my inner writer for a long time, and books like this one give me courage and inspiration to start writing again. ...more
Emily Michael
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Superb! Thoughtful, earthy, and encouraging!
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