All writers are faced at some point with feelings of self-consciousness and self-doubt with their work. In this invaluable guide, Laraine Herring offers advice to writers who want to become more comfortable with their writing, face their inhibitions, and gain the confidence to release their true voice.


Utilizing the breath, a vigorous movement practice designed to break up stagnation with the body and the mind, and writing exercises aimed both at self-exploration and works-in-progress, Herring offers a clear path to writing through illusion. Learn how to remove obstacles in your writing and develop techniques to help you relax into your own voice; discover ways to enter into a compassionate, non-judgmental relationship with yourself so that you can write safely and authentically from a place of absolute vulnerability; and discover the interconnectedness of your personal writing process and the community as a whole.


The Writing Warrior will not only help you find ways to develop your writing, but also ways to develop yourself.


Poets and Writers named The Writing Warrior one of the Best Books for Writers!

“Practical, accessible, and motivational.”

—The Washington Post


“In this out-of-the-box handbook for aspiring writers, [Herring] displays her ability to wed spirituality and creativity in vivid and surprising ways.”

—Spirituality & Practice


“A worthwhile and motivating read for all writers. Those who enjoy Julia Cameron’s (The Artist’s Way, etc.) holistic approach should similarly like Herring’s work.”

—Library Journal


“A terrific writing companion, reminding me of Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird and Natalie Goldberg’s books on writing.  Herring’s advanced degrees in both creative writing and psychology give her just the right perspective for a book on motivating writers and making the most of one’s writing life. The Writing Warrior fulfills its promise in offering discovery and courage.

—Seattle Post-Intelligencer blogger, The Writer’s Block


“This guide gives readers the confidence to share their true voices with the world without hesitation. Herring maintains a personable, friendly tone.”


The Writing Warrior: Discovering the Courage to Free Your True Voice

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Published by Shambhala Publications

First printing 2010

282 pgs.


ISBN: 978-1-5903079-6-0 (print)

ISBN: 978-0-8348232-2-8 (e-book)

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