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

Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier

byJoni B. Cole

Paperback | April 4, 2017

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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.
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, incl...
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Title:Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better, and Be HappierFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:University Press of New EnglandLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface: Cheerleader for Mediocrity
PLANET WRITER
First Things First (Not)
Planet Writer
The Writer from Vermont
Survival of the Optimist
You Know You’re Not a Writer When . . .
In Good Company
What a Week!
GOOD NAKED
If You Don’t Know Where You Are Going . . .
Good Naked
Can I Be Honest?
The Reverse Curse
The Great American Thing
Every. Single. Day.
The Church of the Creative Process
SEEING BLUE
Drama Queen
Seeing Blue
A Walk around the Block
Heart to Heart
Decluttering
Happy Endings
Acknowledgments
About the Author

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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.“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