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The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life


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ISBN13: 9781614290070
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Lindsay Waite, August 11, 2012 (view all comments by Lindsay Waite)
I've not met a writer who also isn't a reader. And, I've not met a writer who hasn't read at least one "how to write" book. I've read quite a few, including this one (a recent purchase). It suggests a Zen-like approach to writing, a focus on mindfulness. It is inspiring to hear from other writers and to be reminded that once we have put our thoughts on paper (well, some still use pen and paper), we have added something of value to the world.
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Susan Cushman, April 10, 2012 (view all comments by Susan Cushman)
The Mindful Writer is so much more than a collection of great quotes by writers and artists. Moore's reflections on those quotes, and his application of this collective wisdom to our creative lives is spot on. I love the way he applies what he's learned from writing (and teaching writing) to his spiritual journey in Buddhism, and then cycles back from the spiritual to the practical with tenets for every day living. I read The Mindful Writer while in the throes of finishing my first novel, and it fueled my enthusiasm here at the end of the journey. My favorite quote in the books isn't one Moore shares from others, but something original with Moore himself:

"It is wise to remind ourselves on occasion why we write, and why it matters so much. There is too much left unsaid in the world, either because what needs to be said is seemed impolite, because it is deemed dangerous, or because it contradicts the accepted version put forth by family, government, religious leaders, or the society we live in."

The late (great) Madeleine L'Engle said that governments are afraid of writer, poets and artists because they see the truth and tell it. I think this is part of Moore's message, and he says it well. I have ten published essays, and The Mindful Writer fueled my desire to write more.

A wonderful, short, readable book for writers, readers, artists, and anyone interested in enriching their life.
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VirginiaBaysden, December 10, 2011 (view all comments by VirginiaBaysden)
A mindful writer is what all writers aspire to be. The mindful writer is true to the topic, is engaging all aspects therefore engaging the reader. The mindful writer is the one whose book we seek to read without waiting for reviews.
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Noble Truths of the Writing Life
Moore, Dinty W.
inty W
inty W
Moore, D
Wisdom Publications
Writing Skills
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Advice books for writers are a dime a dozen but Moore (Crafting the Personal Essay) 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. Built upon the concept of mindfulness — the total concentration and openness to what's in front of you — Moore divides the book into four sections (just as there are four noble truths in Buddhism). 'The Writer's Mind' focuses on the nature of creativity; 'The Writer's Desk' on how mindfulness is at work during the act of putting words on paper; 'The Writer's Vision' on nurturing good writing habits; and 'The Writer's Life,' or what it means to be a writer out in the world. Structured as a series of quotes — primarily from artists and from Buddhist monks — followed by Moore's reflections, each short passage is illuminating on its own and as part of a larger whole. Some quotes will be familiar to seasoned wordsmiths, such as Rainer Maria Rilke's invocation that writers must write or else they will die, but it's lesser known nuggets of wisdom, coupled with Moore's never patronizing advice that ring true. From Faulkner's 'kill your darlings' (cutting words is a necessary evil) to Pema Chödrön's observation that clinging too hard to something 'makes you unavailable to hear anything new,' this is a compact book of practical and philosophical truths for both novice and veteran writers." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Thought provoking and inspiring."
"Review" by , "Three cheers — and three bows — to Dinty W. Moores Mindful Writer!"
"Synopsis" by , Going a step beyond typical "how to write" books, Moore illuminates the creative process: where writing and creativity originate, how mindfulness plays into work, how to cultivate good writing habits, how to grow as a writer — and a person! — and what it means to have a life dedicated to the craft of writing. There's not a writer alive, novice or master, who will not benefit from this book and fall in love with it. Cover to cover, this wise little book is riveting and delightful. Readers will turn to The Mindful Writer again and again as a source inspiration, guidance, and support.
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