Who Has Guided Your Life As A Writer? Do Writers Need Mentors?

Zen Practitioner and Straight-forward Writer's Guide

“We are here; we are human beings; this is how we lived; how writers must think. Our details are important.” ~ Natalie Goldberg, author and Zen practitioner

Natalie Goldberg (born 1948) is an American author and is best known for a series of books which explore writing as Zen practice. Goldberg lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

See Goldberg’s Downloads and Books:

Chicken and in Love (1979)
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (1986)
Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life (1990)
Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America (1993)
Banana Rose (1995)
Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World (1997)
Thunder and Lightning (2000)
The Essential Writer’s Notebook (2001)
Top of My Lungs (2002)
The Great Failure (2004)
Old Friend From Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir (2009)

A brief video interview HERE on How to Write

P.S. Not everybody loves best-selling author Natalie Goldberg as their writing mentor… some prefer a more traditional role model like Sol Stein’s, Stein on Writing.

Stein says that “In fiction, the supreme function is not to convey emotions but to create them in the reader.”

Sol Stein is considered by many to be a master editor, publisher, novelist, and writing instructor that knows what writers face when they sit down before a blank page. Several of his books offer handy A–Z reference help for common and more complicated questions: writer’s block, writing a difficult scene, preparing a manuscript for publication or submission, plotting, developing a character, and dozens of other topics, listed alphabetically in the table of contents.

Sol Stein, Editor, Author and Writer's Guide

One of his bestselling books is entitled The Magician. As an editor, his authors included James Baldwin, Elia Kazan, Jack Higgins, and many others. Stein has lectured widely on creative writing, and was given the Distinguished Instructor Award by the University of California at Irvine in 1993.

Be sure to schedule a 30-minute complimentary book consultation via email: AuthorizeU@gmail.com.  If we begin working together, my eBook—Writing From Life: A Wise Guide to Publishing Your Memoirs—will be yours as part of the coaching package.


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