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The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life Hardcover – April 10, 2012
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"Advice books for writers are a dime a dozen but Moore 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...this is a compact book of practical and philosophical truths for both novice and veteran writers." (Publishers Weekly)
"There is something fresh and undeniably appealing about these bite-sized morsels, which expand the writer's experience to a broader, human one." (The Writer Magazine)
"In short, The Mindful Writer is an indispensable title for anyone who wants to better understand the relationship between writing and mindfulness." (Buddhist Book Reviews)
"Never be without it--as reference, as balm, as talisman; to refresh, encourage, comfort, and instruct. It's a trove of treasures. Professor Moore--insightful, funny, and true--cheers us on like the teacher and friend he is." (The Gamut)
"I've been carrying this small, powerful book with me wherever I go. It's a stellar companion that keeps me on track, in writing and in life." (Brenda Miller, author of Listening Against the Stone and co-author of The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World)
"Some books are a sheer pleasure to read. This one is a treasure of insights and beautifully worded ideas. It's also brief and handy. There's no reason to deny yourself this treat, whether you're a writer or a reader. The Mindful Writer will find its place on my shelf of writer's guides and inspirations." (Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul)
"I recommend this book to anyone interested in the written word." (Lin Jensen, author of Deep Down Things, Pavement, and Bad Dog!)
"What a relief! Dinty W. Moore shares practical strategies that help writers cultivate peace of mind and write better prose. Moore's light, insightful and prescient commentary is a potent antidote for writer's angst and a welcome companion for an otherwise lonely activity. Read on, then write!" (Deborah Schoberlein, author of Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness)
"Moore condenses an entire library of writing advice into sixty deft lessons. I will urge this wise, kind, slender volume on all of my students." (Heather Sellers, author of The Practice of Creative Writing)
"The Mindful Writer will help you to keep faith in writing, to keep laying down word after word when it feels impossible." (Writing Our Way Home)
About the Author
His essays and stories have appeared in Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Arts & Letters, Gettysburg Review, Utne Reader, and Crazyhorse—and he pioneered the increasingly popular "flash nonfiction" form through his work on Brevity.com, a prominent "e-zine." A fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, he is the coordinating editor for the anthology The Best Creative Nonfiction, and serves on the editorial board of Creative Nonfiction magazine, as well as on board of directors of The Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
Top Customer Reviews
As a writing teacher myself, I've never been able to find a text book I could actually use. THE MINDFUL WRITER is that book. Why? Because in its paradoxical wisdom, it doesn't seek to teach. It seeks to give insight, lend support, encouragement, and sometimes to offer an outright kick in the pants to a writer who wants to "be taught." It's the Catch-22 of writing: any good teacher doesn't teach. S/he only helps a writer discover what's already there, inside him/her and bring that to the surface with absolute clarity. That's what THE MINDFUL WRITER DOES. It settles the writer into the heart of writing.
The book itself is small enough to fit in your back pocket. I carried my copy with me everywhere when I first received it. As I crossed town on a bus, or sat at a table eating a quick lunch, I would take out THE MINDFUL WRITER and read a page or ten. Reading it made me feel good. I'm not one of those people who thinks writers "suffer" because they're "so alone." But this book does feel like a companion, one you can count on to remind you what writing is all about: WRITING. Not publishing; not saying something smart in your next workshop; not telling your friends about your new writing project. Just writing, mindfully. That's what's at the heart of this book, and that's what makes THE MINDFUL WRITER essential to any writer.
Dinty Moore's little red book, THE MINDFUL WRITER, produced much the same reaction. Short passages illuminate universal truths about writers and writing, some that I have been avoiding for years.
"It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop." ~ Vita Sackville-West
Dinty Moore says " `letting the days slip emptily by' is as close to the opposite of mindfulness that I can imagine."
Next time I go off in search of butterflies, it will be with fresh eyes and this little red book in my backpack.
Enter writing, or more specifically, Buddhism and writing. The Mindful Writer explores how Moore’s own creative pursuits opened his heart and his mind in ways he could not hope to comprehend at the time he set out on the path, and how his own struggles as a writer helped steer him toward a deeper understanding of Buddhism. The Mindful Writer is a book that Moore is uniquely qualified to write.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you like reading "inspirational" quotes and mostly obvious innocuous advice, you will like this short book, 142 pages including the index. Read morePublished 26 days ago by doug korty
came well packaged
when i opened it, there was a weird stickiness on the back cover, as well as scratches on the front covers and damaged corners
This is a small, short book, but size does not matter. Moore's passages spread calm and through that soft, gentle voice, he can inspire writers who are in a moment of a loss for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hande Z
I have finished the second draft of a novel that still needs work. This book was the kick in the pants and suggested ways forward I needed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rebecca Purchase
This book is wonderful in freeing the writer in you to just write your story without all the critical voices of editing and structure. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hockipuk
Great book -- insightful, smart, helpful, inspiring. Publisher did a great job of packaging Moore's work -- design, paper quality, format, trim size, etc. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jeff Brayer
Nice to get mindfulness talk from a writer. As a writer, I know I do not always employ mindfulness in my creative process. Read morePublished 11 months ago by mark fellows