Synopses & Reviews
One need not be a Buddhist, of course, to be mindful and alert. In fact, seeing how often non-Buddhist writers offer advice that seems entirely compatible to what I encounter in my Buddhist studies reinforces all that I have come to believe about the convergence of the two. This book goes a step beyond typical "how to write" books and illuminates the creative process: where writing and creativity originate, how does mindfulness play out when the writers is actually at the desk, cultivation writing habits, and growing as a writer, but also what it means to have a "writing life" and be dedicated to the craft. Theres not a serious writer alive, novice or master, who will not benefit from this book and fall in love with it.
Cover to cover, word to word, it is riveting and delightful; the essays are wise and engaging. This book also will be one that a reader can turn to any page and get flash of inspiration from the many surprising and useful quotes.
"Thought provoking and inspiring." Martine Batchelor, author of Let Go
"Three cheers — and three bows — to Dinty W. Moores Mindful Writer!" Rafe Martin, author of Endless Path and The Banyan Deer
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.
About the Author
Dinty W. Moore is a professor at Ohio University, where he directs the graduate program in creative writing. A highly regarded and active figure on the literary scene, Moore is often invited to speak and teach writing workshops nationally and internationally. He has published several books of fiction and nonfiction, including two books on the craft of writing.
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.