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Good Naked
Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier
Joni B. Cole

2017 • 208 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Creative Writing

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-61168-911-2
$17.99 Ebook, 978-1-5126-0054-4

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“In Good Naked, author Cole shows readers how daring to share their “naked” writing—early drafts—can help them become aware of certain foibles and... [continued in Reviews below]”—Library Journal

A practical, humorous guide to improving your writing and your life

In Good Naked, acclaimed author Joni B. Cole shows readers how to make the writing process not only more productive, but less maddening, more inviting, and even joyful, at least a good part of the time. She explains how sharing early drafts is “good naked”—you’re exposing your creative process in all its glory.

Through a mix of engaging stories and practical wisdom, all delivered with sheer good humor, Cole addresses the most common challenges writers confront and offers disarmingly simple but effective solutions. She debunks popular misconceptions about how we are supposed to write and replaces them with strategies that actually work to get us started and stay motivated. (Searching for your muse? Try looking in the fridge.) With a do-this-not-that directness, she sets writers free from debilitating attitudes, counterproductive practices, and energy-draining habits that undermine confidence and creativity.

Equipped with experience and a refreshing respect for anyone who wants to write, Cole also infuses every chapter with insights into craft and narrative technique—because the truly happy ending is not just that we write more, but that we write well.

If you have ever experienced a sense of dread or intimidation at any stage of the creative process, or even if you simply want to write more, write better, and be happier, this intelligent, funny, and generous guide will not only inspire you to head over to your desk, but will also cheer you on once you’re there.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“In Good Naked, author Cole shows readers how daring to share their “naked” writing—early drafts—can help them become aware of certain foibles and encourage them to continue. She disabuses common misconceptions of how one should think, act, and be as a writer, exchanging those myths for ideas that feed creativity and productivity. Essentially, one doesn’t have to suffer to be a genuine artist.”—Library Journal

“Joyful, tough-minded, and heartening, these pages offer encouragement to everyone from beginners to experienced writers. . . . One of the best books for writers I’ve read in a very long time.”—Cynthia Huntington, Frederick Sessions Beebe ’35 Professor in the Art of Writing, Dartmouth College, and National Book Award finalist, poetry

Belongs on every writer’s bookshelf next to their copy of Strunk and White. . . . You don’t have to suffer for your art, and Cole will make you laugh out loud and nod in agreement as she explains why.”—C. I. Dennis, author of the Vince Tanzi series

“Brilliant, instructive, and witty . . . an essential read for everyone who wants to write or keep writing.”—Gina Barreca, professor of English, University of Connecticut, and syndicated columnist for the Tribune News Service

JONI B. COLE leads creative writing workshops in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College and is on the faculty of the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She also teaches at her own Writer’s Center in White River Junction, Vermont, and in a variety of social service programs. Cole is the author of six books, including Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive.

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 17:33:39 -0500