I have great admiration for writers! Their craft is hard work! I appreciate the stories they tell, the wisdom they impart, the advice given to aspiring writers and the invitation to readers to learn, create and enjoy. I always visit the “writing” section in bookstores and libraries, looking for a new title to whet my appetite. I often revisit my own library, too, selecting a book to re-read, for there is always something new within to capture my attention and stir my soul.
Last month, I found the above book during a visit to Barnes & Noble. This little 154 page book is a gem – and a perfect match for me: mindful is my 2018 word – and because it is on my radar, most times when I see it on a magazine or as part of a book title or even a knitting pattern, my curiosity is piqued. Via 59 little essays, the author, a professor and director of creative writing at Ohio University, shares “quotations and brief responses to those quotations, illuminating how, in my view, writing and mindfulness can intersect in positive and productive ways.” (p.16)
Many Most days, I resolve to post earlier in the day than I do. What to write? looms over my head. Today was one of those days and reading essay 23, page 70, these words: “the longest journey begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu,” captured my attention. Dinty Moore reminds us that each writing project begins with the writing of one word.
I thought…Voila! Today I’ll share this delightful, very helpful little book. I wrote the first word and sentence! And then more words began to flow. Time now to hit publish and move on with the day: Off to the grocery store for Thanksgiving prep.
How do you jumpstart your writing?