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'Creative' Writing

Titles which explore writing as a means of personal growth or healing, including writing a memoir as a form of self-discovery.

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The Artist's Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self

Julia Cameron

Regarded now as a classic in the field, this much-read book has been a bestseller around the world. With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, it leads you through a comprehensive 12-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity.

This book links creativity to spirituality by showing how to connect with the creative energies of the universe, and has spawned a remarkable number of support groups for artists dedicated to practising the exercises it contains.

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The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life

Julia Cameron
Sidgwick & Jackson

A relaxed and encouraging look at the writing life in the form of 40 brief personal essays from the author of The Artist’s Way. Julia Cameron believes it is human nature to write and compares writing to revelation, prayer and Zen pursuits. This is a guide to using writing to bring clarity and passion to the act of living. It contains techniques and illustrative stories and details of Cameron's own writing processes.

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Writing Out Your Life: A Guide to Writing Creative Autobiography

Jo Stanley
Scarlet Press

Helps women writing their life stories to release their creativity in their re-presentation of their lives.

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The Writer's Journey

Christopher Vogler
Pan Books

An updated edition of this book which is a distillation of Joseph Campbell's theories about the hero’s journey: that myth and storytelling present a definable framework that renders a narrative instructive and psychologically true.

Vogler has developed a 12-stage cycle which he believes is inherent in all good drama if manipulated to fit the writer's intent and in this book he applies it to many well-known films. If you favour this Jungian approach, the twelve point plan can help to provide a good story structure.

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Writing for Self Discovery: A Personal Approach to Creative Writing

Myra Schneider, John Killick
Vega Books

From a poet/workshop leader and a widely published author, a manual which shows you how to draw on your own experience to master the skill of creative writing. Practical exercises help you on a journey of self-discovery and the authors' approach is very encouraging.

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Writing Your Way: Creating a Personal Journal

Ellen Jaffe
Sumach Press

A thoughtful narrative which draws on the fact that the first step many of us take when we start writing is a journal. This looks at techniques and offers exercises and inspirational poetry by feminist writers, as well as providing a means of self-exploration.

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Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Natalie Goldberg
Shambhala Publications Inc

Many writers have found this an inspiring and empowering text. The author uses exercises and anecdotes designed to ease you into your body, your whole spirit, while you write. Based on the premise that writing creatively helps us to comprehend and value our lives, the book should help readers to learn and value the art of writing in their lives. One reviewer said ‘this marriage of Zen and common sense, beautifully written and blazingly clear, is a wonderful manual for any writer.’

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Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft

Natalie Goldberg
Rider & Co

From the author of Writing down the Bones and Wild Music, a creative approach to writing showing you how to turn your flashes of inspiration into a polished piece of work.

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Write from Life: Turning Your Personal Experiences into Compelling Stories

Meg Flies
Writer's Digest Books

How to turn your personal experience into compelling stories. The author draws on three decades of writing and teaching to show you how to tap the difficult parts of your life, write emotionally intense material, create effective dialogue, tell your story with authority, look at your work critically and share your writing with others.

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Awaken The Writer Within 2e: Discover How to Release Your Creativity and Find Your True Writer's Voice

Cathy Birch
How To Books

How to release your own unique voice and create original and individual work. This book is packed with imaginative activities, case studies and checklists, including visualisation, dreamwork and word webs to help you unlock the writer within you. Writers’ Bulletin commented that it provided ‘a solid practical base’.

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Write from the Heart: Unleashing the Power of Your Creativity: Unleashing the Power of Creativity

Hal Zina Bennett
New World Library

Offering a deeply personal, spiritual approach to writing, this book will connect you to the sacred dimensions of becoming a writer. The author gives readers the spiritual insight they need to open their minds and hearts to their own creativity . Includes interactive experiential exercises, but also practical help with getting published.

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Creativity Rules!: A Writer's Workbook

John Vorhaus
Silman-James Press,U.S.

A lively examination of the creative process and set of exercises to help you along.

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One Continuous Mistake (Arkana)

Gail Sher

Drawing on her experience as a Zen Buddhist, the author provides a unique and accessible approach to the creative process which draws on the wisdom of the great writers.

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Creative Writing Workbook

John Singleton
Palgrave HE UK

Sourcebook on the art of writing and the writer’s life, which puts forward the view that real writing shapes and is shaped itself by the fission between self and circumstance.

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Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Stories Transforms Our Lives

Louise A. DeSalvo
The Women's Press Ltd

Focusing on the healing power of writing, this book presents an invitation to use the simple act of writing as a way re-imagining who you are, or remembering who you were.

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