Going beyond the typical "how to write" book, The Mindful Writer 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 live 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.
The Mindful Writer will be a book that readers will turn to again and again as a source inspiration, guidance, and support.
"Advice books for writers are a dime a dozen but Moore 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...this is a compact book of practical and philosophical truths for both novice and veteran writers."
– Publishers Weekly
"There is something fresh and undeniably appealing about these bite-sized morsels, which expand the writer's experience to a broader, human one."
– The Writer Magazine
"In short, The Mindful Writer is an indispensable title for anyone who wants to better understand the relationship between writing and mindfulness."
– Buddhist Book Reviews
"Never be without it--as reference, as balm, as talisman; to refresh, encourage, comfort, and instruct. It's a trove of treasures. Professor Moore--insightful, funny, and true--cheers us on like the teacher and friend he is."
– The Gamut
"I've been carrying this small, powerful book with me wherever I go. It's a stellar companion that keeps me on track, in writing and in life."
– Brenda Miller, author of Listening Against the Stone and co-author of The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World
"Some books are a sheer pleasure to read. This one is a treasure of insights and beautifully worded ideas. It's also brief and handy. There's no reason to deny yourself this treat, whether you're a writer or a reader. The Mindful Writer will find its place on my shelf of writer's guides and inspirations."
– Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul
"I recommend this book to anyone interested in the written word."
– Lin Jensen, author of Deep Down Things, Pavement, and Bad Dog!
"What a relief! Dinty W. Moore shares practical strategies that help writers cultivate peace of mind and write better prose. Moore's light, insightful and prescient commentary is a potent antidote for writer's angst and a welcome companion for an otherwise lonely activity. Read on, then write!"
– Deborah Schoberlein, author of Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness
"Moore condenses an entire library of writing advice into sixty deft lessons. I will urge this wise, kind, slender volume on all of my students."
– Heather Sellers, author of The Practice of Creative Writing
"The Mindful Writer will help you to keep faith in writing, to keep laying down word after word when it feels impossible."