Going beyond the typical "how to write" book, The Mindful Writer illuminates the creative process: where writing and creativity originate, how mindfulness plays into work, how to cultivate good writing habits, how to grow as a writer and a person, and what it means to live a life dedicated to the craft of writing. There's not a writer alive, novice or master, who will not benefit from this book and fall in love with it. Cover to cover, this wise little book is riveting and delightful.
The Mindful Writer will be a book that readers will turn to again and again as a source inspiration, guidance, and support.
Advice books for writers are a dime a dozen but Moore (Crafting the Personal Essay) provides a fresh approach with this melding of Buddhist teachings and sage career and life lessons for those who devote their lives to the written word. Built upon the concept of mindfulness-the total concentration and openness to what's in front of you-Moore divides the book into four sections (just as there are four noble truths in Buddhism). "The Writer's Mind" focuses on the nature of creativity; "The Writer's Desk" on how mindfulness is at work during the act of putting words on paper; "The Writer's Vision" on nurturing good writing habits; and "The Writer's Life," or what it means to be a writer out in the world. Structured as a series of quotes-primarily from artists and from Buddhist monks-followed by Moore's reflections, each short passage is illuminating on its own and as part of a larger whole. Some quotes will be familiar to seasoned wordsmiths, such as Rainer Maria Rilke's invocation that writers must write or else they will die, but it's lesser known nuggets of wisdom, coupled with Moore's never patronizing advice that ring true. From Faulkner's "kill your darlings" (cutting words is a necessary evil) to Pema Chodron's observation that clinging too hard to something "makes you unavailable to hear anything new," this is a compact book of practical and philosophical truths for both novice and veteran writers. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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April 10, 2012
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