Dear Beautiful People,
I was one of the blessed people who received an advanced copy of this book and it is delightful. This is a lovely set of encouragement letters for writers! She touches all kinds of issues facing professional writers, but the book can be read by anyone interested in the ins and outs of writing. She's gracious, encouraging, and loving with an occasional kick in the pants (gently put, of course)! And I haven't started yet on all the great quotes!
First, I want to mention this woman's wisdom. Many of these posts have to do with slowing down and paying attention to what is going on around you. For writers, our process is just as important as the product. If we don't slow down and understand the why behind things we are limiting our own stories.
Second, I want say that she comes off very gentle even though occasionally you are going to receive a great kick in the pants. This is not the Jillian Michaels of the blogging world! She puts things before you to think and ponder over. If you enjoy coming to your own conclusions and not pushed in any way, this is the book for you!
Third, another highlight of this book is about the physical space you need to create support for your writing habits. In a recent interview, she mentioned a quiet spot filled with things that she loves but don't require her attention. All writers need to work this out for themselves. As long as they have a regular space that they can go to everyday, the writing will happen!
Fourth, she just has a real heart for encouragement. I encourage you to pick up this gem.
Here are some of the quotes to entice you to get the book!
That rigid "get it right the first time" mindset can silence writers quicker than almost anything.
I publish, even when it makes me squirm, and along the way, I have found that squirming is a good thing.
Practice literary citizenship. Share what others write. Buy a book. Send a tiny note to say, "Keep going.”
The questions that drive you, call you forward, those are the ones we write into because there's life there.
When we give fear a bit of ground, it encroaches until it takes over our words and silences us completely.
The brain is not the place from which we get our best word-energy.
If you lean in hard to the work before you, if you turn it with care and attention, if you pull honesty from the far corners of all of who you are, the rest is not yours to carry.
The only thing every day needs is your creativity, fresh and true as you make it. The rest will come in time.
For me, creating has to be more about rhythm and readiness, about freedom and flow, about practice and perseverance. It's a daily thing and that daily practice shapes my life into a way of being that is about writing.
If you believer writing helps you think better, feel better, be better, understand better, know better, breath better, then it's not wrong to do it. You are not wasting your time and being selfish. You are caring for yourself. And that matters.
I have to hold space for my words to find new climbing trellises. I have to hold space wide open and take the gifts that are given.
So this week, maybe you could settle yourself here in this day, and find what words you have for their own sake. Celebrate them for the fullness and magic that they are. For they are gift received and given, every day.
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