In this distinctive guide to the craft of writing, author Laraine Herring shows us how to tune into our bodies and connect with our emotions so that our writing becomes an expression of our full beings, rather than just an intellectual exercise. With warmth and wisdom, Herring offers a path to discovering “deep writing” – prose that is unique, expressive, and profoundly authentic.


Lessons and imaginative exercises show you how to stay with your writing when your mind or body starts to pull you away; explore the five senses in your writing; and approach your writing without judgment. Writing Begins with the Breath will open up a whole world of creativity for people who may not have considered themselves writers before, while also providing keen insights into the craft for seasoned writers.

Writing Begins with the Breath: Embodying Your Authentic Voice

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Published by Shambhala Publications

First printing 2007

208 pgs.


ISBN: 978-1-5903047-3-0 (print)

ISBN: 978-0-8348257-5-8 (e-book)


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“The practice is exquisitely clear; breathe and write. This book is an excellent guide and a catalyst for that deep work, and a wise companion for the writer’s journey.”

—SARK, author and artist of Fabulous Friendship Festival


“Laraine Herring takes you on a journey toward wholeness as a writer—she not only explores every aspect of the writing process; she also invites you to explore every aspect of your writing self—body, mind, and spirit. Anyone who writes—or wants to—will find this book as essential and inspiring as breath.”

—Gayle Brandeis, author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write


“I’ve read piles of how-to books for writers. This one stands out from the rest. Just as martial arts training is about a way of life as much or more than a way of self-defense, this book is about a way of thinking as much or more than a way of writing. One way to tell that I’ve been engaged with a book is the number of sticky flags bristling from the edges. This book has a lot of flags.”

—Story Circle Book Reviews