Forming a Creative Partnership with Nature
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  • Author: Tina Welling
  • Product Code: 82867
  • ISBN: 978-1-60868-286-7
  • Pages: 248
  • 1 Paperback
  • Size: 5.25 x 8.00


Even if we don’t write about nature, Tina Welling demonstrates, nature triggers our stories. This is because “everything we know about creating, we know intuitively from the natural world.” One can set the stage for creation by following these three steps: consciously naming the information gathered by the senses, describing the sensory details of one particular object, and interacting with the energy system of the universe. Welling discovered the last step while hiking and observing an intricate spiderweb shimmering in sunlight. Spiderwebs, she notes, are both “wondrous and ordinary” — ordinary in that they are made of chewed-up insects, yet wondrous in their intricacy. Welling shows writers how to make this kind of connection between the everyday and the hidden, worthy-of-attention beauty all around us. She makes the process of developing a fruitful relationship with wildness inside and out accessible to all writers and insight seekers.


“This book will help you learn how to really see and come more fully alive. I love it!”
Penney Peirce, author of Frequency

“Before I was a full chapter into Tina Welling’s book, I found myself breathing more deeply; by chapter 2, I was outside — with the book, my notebook, and a pen....What a gentle guide and rich companion for explorations of our wilderness — both inside and out.”
Judy Reeves, author of A Writer’s Book of Days

“Tina Welling says, ‘Writers need nature.’ I can hardly wait to introduce my writing students to this book — and encourage them to write outside, to get a word-tan, to let rain hit their journal pages, and to sit in the elements they are trying to describe — both inner and outer.”
Christina Baldwin, author of Storycatcher

“A thought-provoking read not only for writers but for anyone who wants to deepen their connection to the world around them.”
Kyle Mills, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortalists

“This book is as delightful as it is thoughtful. Spend a day with Tina Welling in the woods and feel your writer’s heart burst open on the page.”
Susan Chernak McElroy, author of Animals as Teachers and Healers

Writing Wild is an impressive guide to feeling, seeing, thinking, and writing about the beauty, sadness, and wonder of life. Tina Welling has created a gift for us all.”
Tim Sandlin, author of Rowdy in Paris