Moo of Writing
How to Milk Your Potential
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Moo of Writing is a unique guide that combines science and meditative wisdom. Poet and journalist Nan Lundeen inspires writers with contemporary scientific research and gentle advice based on her lifetime experience as a writer. Moo of Writing empowers new and established writers, building self-confidence, nudging them along with tips and writing exercises, and drawing on their own inner wisdom through meditation. Discover how walking ten minutes a day can jump-start creativity. Learn how holding a simple stone centers your creative energy. Practice a habit loop of freewriting to milk your creative potential. Just like dairy cows, relaxed and marvelously productive ruminants, writers need physical exercise and relaxation to Moo/Mu with the Muse. It's all about relaxing and having fun.
From Book Editor Lucy Walton-Lange for femalefirst.co.uk.
I am ashamed to say it but Moo of Writing is the first self-help writing book I have read and I wish that I had had a copy when I was studying my masters.
It is tempting to think of writing as a single activity; however Nan Lundeen shows you that there are so many things to channel into good writing from exercise, to mediation and science.
Each chapter addresses each one of these areas in bite-sized chunks so you can learn and then apply your new knowledge in a practical way.
The book is a great investment; you can finish the chapters in one sitting but it allows you to make notes and gives you exercises throughout to break away and try new things to give yourself and inevitably your writing a chance to evolve. Some of which you might want to revisit and try again at some point, so it's not a book you read and then pop back on your shelf- it's an ongoing process.
The book talks about everything a writer is concerned with--most importantly self-confidence and how to overcome our inner demons who prevent us from moving forward and encourage us to hang onto negativity. As we all know, this can make or break a writer--so having new ways to tackle this is vital.
The thing I liked most about the book was its flexibility. Lundeen offers many different suggestions and scenarios that will cater for a wide readership and she doesn't assume anything. In reading it, it didn't make me feel abnormal for having a new approach to something or a different point of view. It's welcoming and chatty and certainly doesn't exclude any writer whatever their genre of choice. Lundeen has a background in journalism, story writing and poetry so her own experiences are varied and this shines through in the book.
There are no right or wrong answers here. Lundeen is a woman whose passion to help others with their writing emanates from the page--and that is all we can ask for from a book of this nature.