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Robot Coconut Trees: Break Through Writer's Block, Unleash Your Creative Voice, and Become the Writer You Already Are Paperback – February 24, 2016
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About the Author
Kelsey Horton is an author, blogger, healer, yoga teacher, and environmental activist. After neglecting her creative dreams for years, Kelsey started the blog KelseyHorton.com that has helped thousands of readers break through stuckness, revive their creative spirits, and write their hearts out. When she isn't writing, teaching, or traveling to New Mexico, you can usually find her wandering through Chicago while smiling and wearing sequins.
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I read the book today while on a van traveling to an appointment. It's a quick read, about 160 pages. The whole time I was reading, I was kicking myself for not bringing a pen and paper (no matter that I can't write on a moving vehicle!) because all I wanted to do was WRITE! It was one thing to read about her writing, but this book made me want to write myself!
There was no "how-to," right-brain skills teaching in this book, and that was okay. It didn't bother me one bit. The prompts she used were effective in diving deep. She talked about writing as service and the guilt she felt sometimes because she wasn't out doing something more CONCRETE to make the world a better place when she was writing. (Her day job gives her an opportunity to do that.)
The writing bug had gotten into my blood and I dreamt about being an author of fiction. Too bad I didn’t have a book like this when I started. While this book doesn’t teach its readers anything about grammar or any of the rules related to the genre you’re interested in writing in, it does help them with accessing their untapped well of creativity and break free of the world they’ve created for themselves.
Luckily I never really had suffered from any mental limitations such: as being perfect in what I’m writing, that’s why there’s a delete key on the keyboard of your computer, erasers at the end of a pencil, and an editor once you’ve finished your writing endeavor. Nor did really have any doubt in my writing fiction, I already knew it would have to take time, just as it did when I started writing the non-fiction items I did, I knew I would have to be patient as it wouldn’t happen immediately.
The worst affliction any author/writer, even the most experienced one, can have is Writer’s Block; a condition in which one doesn’t know what to write next to complete their intended writing endeavor. I quickly learned I needed a prompt, a topic to write something about, a topic totally different from what I had been writing about.
What Ms. Kelsey Horton does in her book is to guide her readers through the maze of obstacles/hurdles, many of which I feel is self-inflicted, moving from the “I WISH” mode to that of “I AM,” and the empowerment of being anything you want as it pertains to writing. The ideas and prompts she gives act as a seed from which one can move on from their creativity stoppage, and even develop their own ideas to increase their creativity.
Since I’ve already been down this road, I know this book should be able to help its readers to begin to breaking out of the shell they’re currently in, and to begin their dream; which is why I’ve given this book 5 STARS
Like so many endeavors, the first few obstacles are usually internally based. Horton does a phenomenal job of highlighting these issues and then helping the reader to overcome them. This is less about the nuts and bolts of writing and more about helping get to where one can actually use those nuts and bolts.
I am a big advocate of freewriting, dating back to my days teaching freshman comp, and the exercises in this book are interesting and worthwhile. If you don't do them or put off doing them then you haven't been fair to either this book or yourself.
I would highly recommend this to new writers as well as experienced writers who may need to remind themselves that writing can and should be creative fun, no matter the genre.
Reviewed from a copy made available through Goodreads' First Reads.