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Creative Visualization for Writers: An Interactive Guide for Bringing Your Book Ideas and Your Writing Career to Life Paperback – October 18, 2016
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"Writers often find it hard to go from idea to published book to writing career. Nina Amir's Creative Visualization for Writers provides the tools necessary to fulfill your dream of becoming a successful author." --Rick Frishman, best-selling author, publisher, and speaker (www.rickfrishman.com)
"This excellent book shows you how to stimulate your imagination and unlock your ability to write more creatively than ever before." --Brian Tracy, author of Get Smart!
"Nina Amir delivers an inspiring book that offers solutions to the problems creative people struggle with: What is my vision, and how can I access it and make it come true in the real world? Every creative work in the world starts with an idea and the problem of how to bring it forth. Creative Visualization for Writers draws upon ancient wisdom and modern techniques to help you give birth to your project." --Linda Joy Myers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writers and author of The Power of Memoir and gold medal winner Don't Call Me Mother
"Creative Visualization for Writers is brilliant--a guidebook, journal, writing coach, coloring book, and touchpoint to your inner life, all in one place! I love the blend of introspection and activity, along with the short, actionable chapters and exercises. Nina Amir's holistic approach can help you be creative, productive, and successful as a writer--and enjoy a rompin' good time in the process. This book will help you choose the right projects--the ones that truly light your fire and help you live your purpose now--and complete them." --Lisa Tener, author and book coach (www.lisatener.com)
"In Creative Visualization for Writers, Nina Amir shares all you need to know to implement the latest research on how your brain tap into its very own writing genius." --Carolyn Howard-Johnson, multi-award-winning poet and author of the HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers
"More than just a map, Creative Visualization for Writers is like a GPS for achieving your writing dreams. I highlighted the heck out of this book!" --Carla King, Misadventures Media
"An inspiring guide to help you get to know your inner writer--and decode how to truly work alongside her to produce your best writing." --Zachary Petit, editor, PRINT magazine
"With powerful, affirming messages of support, Creative Visualization will help any writer harness the positive energy and creativity necessary to do their best work. Nina Amir's confident, encouraging voice will motivate writers on their discouraged days, and inspire in the best of times." --Jordan Rosenfeld, author of Writing the Intimate Character, A Writer's Guide to Persistence, and five other books
"This delightful, interactive book brings to writers the awesome power of visualization and combines it with Nina Amir's wise, sane advice on how to get your work out of your head and into the world. It's a must-read for aspiring authors who want to become published." --Joel Friedlander (www.thebookdesigner.com)
"I love the concept of this book. The writing process is never straightforward. Right-brain exercises, from visualizing to coloring, can add joy to rote tasks like outlining and marketing. At the same time, goal-setting and list-making activities can spark creative thinking. So let your creativity and productivity flow together!" --Jody Rein, literary agent and co-author of How to Write a Book Proposal Fifth Edition
About the Author
Nina Amir is the author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual and five e-books, including Authorpreneur: How to Build a Business Around Your Book, The Nonfiction Book Proposal Demystified, The Write Nonfiction NOW! Guide to Writing a Book in 30 Days, and Navigating the Narrow Bridge: How to Move Forward Courageously Even When Life Seems Most Precarious. She is a speaker and blogger, as well as an author, book, blog-to-book coach, and certified High Performance coach. Amir helps creative people combine their passion and purpose so they move from idea to inspired action and positively and meaningfully impact the world as writers, bloggers, authorpreneurs, and blogpreneurs. Some of Nina's clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She is the founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge, and the Nonfiction Writers' University. As a hybrid author she has published 15 books and had as many as four books on the Amazon Top 100 list at the same time. She now resides with her husband and an old cat in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Los Gatos, CA. Occasionally she also lives with her grown children; one is a professional dancer and the other is a scenic designer.
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Since then many scientific studies—especially those in the realm of athletics—have validated the usefulness of mental imagery as a tool to conceive and achieve an outcome.
Now, Amir has built upon that body of work by publishing Creative Visualization for Writers. Her delightful workbook features an artfully sculpted introduction by Dinty W. Moore, himself a fine writer of essays, a great commentist on creativity and a distinguished teacher of writing.
Creative Visualization for Writers introduces the technique of visualization to the reader, a concept that first surfaced into modern consciousness during the New Age movement of the 1970s but which in fact reaches further back into history, as evidenced by Einstein’s work with thought experiments and Dmitri Mendeleev’s dream of the Periodic Table. Though a simple technique, creative visualization has profound implications when applied to a person’s values and thought processes.
For writers, this technique has many useful applications when considered in relationship to the various tasks that must be juggled to produce a manuscript. Amir’s book, essentially a workbook, provides space for readers to jot down ideas and tentative goals. As such, it covers many noteworthy topics. These include self-exploration, vision, goals, focus and creativity.
Amir’s overall approach is one that reflects a syncopated but no-nonsense view of invention, as manifested in such books on creativity as Writing Down the Bones; How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci; Orbiting the Giant Hairball; and The Back of a Napkin.
Interestingly, Amir’s book contains graphics not unlike those seen in adult coloring books. Within the context of Amir’s text, I see such graphics as positive, as these are intended to be welcoming and non-threatening, encouraging a person to get his or her thoughts down on paper with little second-guessing or self-filtering. Break out the crayons and colored pencils! While these graphics are a fun enhancement, they sometimes differ in style, a variance that can be jarring. But on this minor point I’m nitpicking.
The greatest value that this workbook provides is to poses to the reader questions a person might not be inclined to ask, if left to his or her own devices. As such, it covers a great deal of ground and at one point teasingly touches upon an important intersection of writing and the spiritual. Unfortunately, it does not pursue this fascinating conjunction at length. I suspect this topic will be explored in greater detail in another book that Amir will someday write. I base this conclusion on her demonstrated interest in spiritual matters and how they are manifested in the daily events of a person’s life. Let us hope she will write this book soon.
The author is one of three hundred elite Certified High Performance Coaches and her professionalism shows throughout the pages of this actionable workbook.
It's a gold mine of ideas and motivation which will transform your writing career into the joyous process it's meant to be!