John / Nonfiction

The Mindful Writer by Dinty W. Moore

12934562Dinty W. Moore’s The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life pairs quotes on writing from a wide variety of authors and artists with writer Dinty W. Moore’s interpretation of each quote. This might not sound like the most thrilling book of all time, but for writers or anyone interested in writing there is a wealth of valuable information here.  I read the book straight through, but it could prove just as useful to keep on one’s writing desk for those days when the words do not come easily and you need some inspiration. The quotes range from Gustave Flaubert’s odd “Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to . . .” to Paul Auster’s blunt “That’s about as exciting a life as it is for a writer. You write sentences, and you cross out sentences.”  Moore seems to have selected a quote for nearly every conundrum a writer might face. The Mindful Writer will prove useful for new and experienced writers alike.



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