Friday, April 22, 2011

Craft book recommendation: 'Writer Wellness'

Since this blog is devoted to writers’ craft, industry hot topics and my journey from pen to publish, I rarely post reviews. I have said before that I believe that reading is one of the most important tools that a writer has. I read fiction in and out of my genre, non-fiction, newspapers and writing craft books. I’m always learning from what I read and remembering why I write, for the love of reading. These past few weeks I’ve been reading ‘Writer Wellness’ by Joy Held. I mentioned it in a previously blog post on healthy writing but as I prepared my review for Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc. I wanted to share it here as well.

Held’s ‘Writer Wellness’ advises those “creative” types how to embrace creativity that can flourish through a healthy lifestyle. Everyone is busy. Managing my writing business, and yes I said business and not career, while raising my daughter and being a wife can be stressfully overwhelming. This book is perfect at establishing the importance of balance through journaling, relaxation, exercise and nutrition.

Held does a great job of getting writers, and really all creative types, to understand and use the different aspects of their lives. When in balance, they can create a better writing career and overall better health. I’m a huge advocate of exercise and healthy eating due to being dealt with not the best genetics. Also, as a former professional dancer, I know from experience that I feel better and I’m more productive when in shape. ‘Writer Wellness’ really emphasizes the entire package needed to be a healthy creative writer. I’ve always kept a notebook for keeping track of my ideas but I’d never thought of journaling as she advises. Thanks to this book I’m also trying my hand at meditation. I’m anxious to track and see how this new tool adds to my creativity.

‘Writer Wellness’ is best read while following the helpful exercises. This book doesn’t just instruct but installs a since of change that will make anyone in a creative driven industry a more effective professional and person. I thought that it was a beneficial read that not only informs you of writer wellness but give you the tool to make wellness happen in your life.

I love finding a good craft book. What have you read recently?

1 comment:

  1. Glad you enjoyed Writer Wellness, Natalie. Thank you for the kind remarks. Your blog is always packed with good ideas. I'm honored to be featured here! Let me know how it goes with the meditation and journaling. Be well, write well, Joy