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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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“Who says books about writing have to be dull, dry, and pretentious? Author and creative writing instructor Joni B. Cole is here to put the fun back in fundamentals. In Good Naked, she is part teacher, part cheerleader, and part laugh-out-loud humorist. What’s not to love?”—The Writer

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

“An often self-deprecating and honest look at the pitfalls and pluses of being a writer in a world that is increasingly comprised of people focused on soundbites or social media. . . . Her casual and funny writing style keeps the book moving. . . . There aren’t a lot of writing books that feel like a conversation with a witty friend over a cup of espresso and a delicious homemade muffin at your favorite café, but this is one of them. . . . This book reinforces my belief that writing brings out the best self, the one that won’t look away from hard truth and necessary stories.”—Lisa Taylor, Mom Egg Review

“Author and instructor Joni B. Cole guides readers through the steps of actively attending to the joyful aspects of creativity, while steering clear of unproductive attitudes, habits, and perceptions. With engaging honesty and humor, Cole shares anecdotes, examples, and exercises designed to jumpstart the discovery of happiness and inspiration throughout the entire writing process"—Poets & Writers

“...Good Naked fits nicely into the category of self-help books that flog artists of all stripes into doing the creative work to which they feel called...Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, and [Elizabeth] Gilbert’s Big Magic share space on this shelf, and Good Naked is a worthy addition.”The Hippo Press

“Cole is [Anne] Lamott’s equal in writing about the craft with intelligence and wit, and she’s better than Elizabeth Gilbert, who similarly endeavored to inspire with her 2016 book Big Magic. . .”The Hippo Press

“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


Poets & Writers Magazine Best Books on Writing Commendation

Nominated for a US Fellowship Award and Pushcart Prize, Joni B. Cole has authored two books for writers, including Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier (listed as one of the "Best Books for Writers" by Poets & Writers magazine). She is also the author of the acclaimed essay collection, Another Bad-Dog Book: Essays on Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior, and creator of the three-volume “This Day” series that shares a day in the life of hundreds of women across America (“fascinating and eye-opening,” Publisher's Weekly).  Joni is on the creative writing faculty of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and teaches workshops within the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College. She is the founder of the Writer's Center of White River Junction, VT, and also leads expressive writing workshops at a diversity of nonprofit and educational organizations. Joni is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities around the country, and is a contributor to The Writer magazine. She lives in Vermont and has two daughters. For more info, email

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