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by Leslea Newman

  • ISBN: 0895946416
  • Author: Leslea Newman
  • ePub ver: 1437 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 198
  • Publisher: Crossing Press; English Language edition (September 1, 1993)
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  • Category: Reference
  • Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
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Leslea Newman says her book, Writing From the Heart: Inspiration and Exercises . Pretty soon you realize Leslea has you working on techniques of plot, character, dialogue, action, and much more and it was entirely painless. It's like a one-on-one creative writing workshop.

She says that it is a myth that people have to know what they want to write about before starting.

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Leslea Newman says her book, Writing From the Heart: Inspiration and Exercises for Women . She adds that the writing will never happen if we wait for the fear to vanish-that we just have to take a deep breath and start writing.

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Writing from the Heart: Inspirations and Exercises for Women Who Want to Write (1993) "Newman, Lesléa. American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present.

Writing from the Heart: Inspirations and Exercises for Women Who Want to Write (1993). My Lover Is a Woman: Contemporary Lesbian Love Poems (1996). Pillow Talk: Lesbian Stories Between the Covers (1998).

Author Newman helps women break down mental obstacles and move past the blank page with a multitude of exercises designed to get them writing. By encouraging women to use their life experiences as a platform from which to write, Newman removes the fear and enables fledgling storytellers to feel confident about their abilities.

Lesléa writes books for all ages. Picture me in a dark cave wearing a hat with a light attached to it. The light shines, I see where to put my foot, I take a step forward. The light moves forward as well and I can see only far enough to take the next step.

Changing the world, one book at a time. I have met many women who think they can’t be writers because their lives aren’t interesting enough to write about. This is simply untrue. Write from the Heart: Inspiration and Exercises for Women Who Want to Write. Ten Speed Press, May 2003. Everyone’s life is mysterious, beautiful, stunning magic. It doesn’t matter if you’ve lived in the same town your whole life or traveled around the world seven times. What matters is your ability to open up to the breathtaking and spectacular adventure that happens to be your life. Your job is to experience it, see it, feel it, live it and write it dow. .

Her best-known work is the controversial Heather Has Two Mommies.

Writing From The Heart is a book for women who want to write but think they have nothing to say, or women who know they have something to say but don't know how to say it. Now hear this: every woman has important stories to tell and the ability to tell them. It is human nature to fear the unknown, but just as your own life is certainly not a blank page, you can learn how to fill many blank pages with your inspirations, your fantasies, your monsters, your rhymes. Begin your grand adventure here.....with Writing From The Heart.
Comments (3)

MrCat
This is a great book! I used the book to develop the habit of writing, and the book gave me more in return than motivation to write every day. The exercises were creative and challenged me to stretch myself and try new things. I learned how to open up without criticism and to work on my writing craft. I learned so many valuable lessons by working through this book. As I think about it now, almost a decade later, this writing ideas book became more of a workbook to help me hone my craft. I looked forward to sitting down every day with my "guidebook" and discovering the next writing challenge the author put before me. I was sorry that I ended the book, although now as I look back, I wonder if I shouldn't just start the book all over again with the new perspective I have gained during the intervening years since I last used the book.

I wish the author had written a sequel, or even a series of books like this. This book is one of the few that have stuck in my memory all these years.

-- Paula Bird, [...]
Madis
Leslea Newman says her book, Writing From the Heart: Inspiration and Exercises for Women Who Want to Write, "is a book for women who want to write but think they have nothing to say." Newman, who has more than twenty books to her credit, offers encouragement and optimism to all women interested in writing.
She says that it is a myth that people have to know what they want to write about before starting. She adds that the writing will never happen if we wait for the fear to vanish--that we just have to take a deep breath and start writing. She advises letting the writing lead you where it wants to go rather than trying to control it.
The exercises are simple, with lots of suggestions to help get you started. Newman provides examples with each one. She suggests starting with twenty minutes of free writing (writing whatever is on your mind, without judging it) every day. Other exercises involve describing common household objects or completing the sentence "I remember. . .." She then gets into describing imaginary places, people, and secrets.
The exercises end with the technical basics, like plotting and point of view. Newman tells writers to "start at the top of the page and work their way to the bottom. Just start writing. Don't think. Don't worry about the end product." That same advice applies to the exercises in her book. Start with the first one and continue with the next one, until they're all done. The results will surprise you!
Writing From The Heart is for every woman, regardless of what she thinks of her writing ability. As Newman says, "writing should be fun. There is a deep pleasure in exploring your own heart and mind, pushing your limits, challenging your skills and mastering a craft." She adds that "every woman has important stories to tell and the ability to tell them." Her book will help women develop that ability.
SadLendy
For the past three months I have read every book out there on how to write. I wish I'd had this book at the beginning! You want to be a writer but you don't know how. You don't know what to write about since nothing exciting happens to you. Wrong! Leslea Newman encourages you that you have something important to say and she gives you fun exercises to complete. Pretty soon you realize Leslea has you working on techniques of plot, character, dialogue, action, and much more and it was entirely painless. It's like a one-on-one creative writing workshop. Some of the exercises may seem silly but it's an easy way to get started writing every day. There is a good bibliography listing actual stories or books that have been published using each technique Leslea describes. I checked this book out from the library but now I have to buy it because there is too much good stuff in here.

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