Date posted: 24th August 2017 / Book Reviews
We’ve all experienced haven’t we? The feeling of writers block. Whether it’s a piece of scintillating copy, your next epic novel or even your shopping list sometimes for whatever reason you just feel like you don’t know what to write.
We first read this book in its digital format and were so impressed that we just had to get our hands on the hard back and it certainly does not disappoint. Set out like a case book, this wonderful set of notes inspires from the first page to the last. Throughout, Joy Kenward sets forth a gentle but persuasive argument which has you agreeing ever more ardently that everyone should write, until bursting with ideas fuelled by excellently thought out advice and exercises, one is left itching to get one’s hands on a pen. Writers block cured. Clever that.
From the rather lovely epigraph at its opening the idea of ‘a writer’ is excellently postulated and one cannot help, after reading this book, but aspire to be one. Using a mixed style of narratorial guidance and simple yet engaging exercises The Joy of Mindful Writing offers excellent encouragement on a range of writerly subjects from using memory as a catalyst for writing (a theme we ardently support) to straightforward and sensible advice on what to share in your writing, how to construct character, think about place and time and finding your voice in your work. These are just a few of the many subjects covered in this handy little casebook – the perfect companion for your writerly lives wherever and however you write.
We thoroughly recommend The Joy of Mindful Writing and suggest that it will become a firm favourite on Autumn wish lists for writers everywhere.
The Joy of Mindful Writing: Notes to Inspire Creative Awareness publishes in October 2017 and is available from Leaping Hare Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group.