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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499384734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499384734
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

From the prologue:

"This isn't a book for you to read; this is a book for you to deconstruct, rip up, write on and use as a tool."

The print edition of this book is specially formatted--including pages with journaling prompts--to be written on, to take notes, to jot down your "a-ha" moments and begin writing your own stories. I've often found that some of my best writing and biggest discoveries started as doodles in the margins when I was supposed to be doing something else.

~ Kate Bartolotta

About the Author

Kate is the owner and editor-in-chief of Be You Media Group. She also writes for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, Yoganonymous, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. She facilitates writing workshops and retreats throughout North America.

More About the Author

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. Her love of words is boundless, but she knows that many of life's best moments are completely untranslatable. When she is not writing, you may find her practicing yoga, devouring a book, playing with her children, planting dandelions, or dancing barefoot with her heart on her sleeve. She is madly in love with life and does not know how this story ends; she's making it up as she goes.

Kate is the owner and editor-in-chief of Be You Media Group (www.beyoumediagroup.com). She also writes for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, Yoganonymous, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. She facilitates writing workshops and retreats throughout North America.

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Bravo Kate Bartolotta!
Lynn A. Hasselberger
Heart Medicine reveals how the stories we tell ourselves about our lives, and ultimately write about, are intimately woven together with the very life we create.
Catherine L. Ghosh
I took my book to the local print store and had it spiral bound for easier use to scribble/ underline things.
Emma Blue

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine L. Ghosh on May 24, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Heart Medicine reveals how the stories we tell ourselves about our lives, and ultimately write about, are intimately woven together with the very life we create. In a breezy layout of engaging chapters, including space for the readers to write upon, Kate Bartolotta, invites us to explore the belief system that informs our writings.

First we are asked to identify with one of four kinds of storytellers, and then, invited to fully inhabit our lives by becoming the creator of our own stories. Chapters three and four offer nourishing, pragmatic approaches to living the life of a writer, from an insiders view, as they dip into subjects like one’s relationship to time, space, nature, movement, play, audience, writer’s block, journaling, etc.

Chapters five and six are sprinkled with little anecdotes from the author’s own life, as she speaks about the value of finding one’s writing tribe: trusted witnesses who we can be vulnerable with and receive validation from upon our writing journey.

Kate Bartolotta concludes with two powerful and poetic, heartfelt chapters that beautifully define what it means to be a writer and to manifest one’s dreams. Expressing the importance of wedding imagination with action, she writes: “We need to find a synchronicity between our internal dreams and the external steps we take toward them”. Bartolotta’s book generously hands the reader a compass and a map, while inspiring us to find our own direction, and write our own manifesto, echoing Joseph Campbell, in challenging us to become the hero of our own story, both on and off the page. For, in the author’s own words: “Because being a writer isn’t just what we do. It’s who we are.” And what could be better heart medicine, than fully being oneself?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd White on May 20, 2014
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This book is a practical, straightforward, yet realistically idealistic guide to living the best lives we possibly can. Included are strategies for writers---whether journal-entry regulars or published writers---as well as helpful advice for anyone and everyone. A bookshelf must-have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarit on May 27, 2014
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Kate has created something wonderful with Heart Medicine. As a writer, I know how easy it is to get "stuck" in a pattern and essentially write in circles. This is the bane of a writer's life. But what Kate provides is an opportunity for insight and growth, both in the writing itself and the exercises she's laid out. Kate wants us readers/writers to scribble and rant and process within the pages. I intend to that again and again. I say this is a visceral hand to the heart because it acts as a healing salve to the healing heart via poetry and prose and self-investigation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emma Blue on December 20, 2014
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If I could give a copy of this book to everyone I appreciate in my life--I would!

Heart Medicine is fresh, blunt but easy to digest--practical medicine for writers or secret wanna be writers.

Bartolotta strings together the physics of writing, or how things relate to each other--rewrite your story, fill thy cup, look at fear, choose your tools, find your writing clan. Moving gently into greater alignment with your purpose--the bad news is, dreams evolve. The good news is dreams evolve!

One favorite was the author's breakdown of time where we make space to write (my favorite/best time for writing seems to be Stolen or Sneaky times), thus identifying has helped me better prepare (by making sure I always have pens in excess everywhere) and encouraging spontaneity daily.

I am so thankful there were not one size fits all commands (i.e morning pages!) she recommends creating a manifesto. The manifesto chapter is GOLD baby! Worth underlining and marking to come back to again and again!

She writes, "But what about those other dreams? The ones that keep us up at night, the ones that are our north star, the ones that live in our bones and keep coming back until we do something about them. To let those dreams remain undone is a tragedy."

I took my book to the local print store and had it spiral bound for easier use to scribble/ underline things. "Some parts will feel like work, like putting one foot in front of the other, or one word after the next. All of it is yours." And more will come tomorrow, cheers to that!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandy K. Hudson on May 27, 2014
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Writing creatively is an act of self-discovery, and even as a writer knows she will rewrite, revise and edit; even, perhaps, as thoughts of target audience or criticism emerge, author Kate Bartolotta offers that “when we take ownership of the stories inside us…they become our Heart Medicine.”

Heart Medicine is not so much about Bartolotta’s own journey of self-discovery—although that’s implicit—but about the tools and practices—both creative and practical—that she has used, and offers, to other writers. And while the book counsels us to consider “the synchronicity between our internal dreams and the external steps we take toward them,” it also reminds us that the act of connecting with other human beings through writing takes commitment. To that end, Heart Medicine contains detailed suggestions and exercises about journal writing, time management, restorative practices, and dealing with periods of dry spells. It also underscores the value of being part of a writing community and of consciously acknowledging one’s identity as a writer, of having a manifesto.

Have a pen or pencil in hand at the start—or read it through once, then go back to chapter one, “What kind of storyteller Are You?” For, as Kate Bartolotta explains, “this is a book to deconstruct, rip up [and] write on.”
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