Living Write: The Secret to Inviting Your Craft Into Your Daily Life

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Living Write is a state of mind!

By using a mix of anecdotal material from writers who have been there and a series of progressive and creative psychological exercises, professional counselor Kelly L. Stone shows you how to:

  • Make writing a daily priority
  • Maintain enthusiasm, motivation, and dedication for ...
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Living Write is a state of mind!

By using a mix of anecdotal material from writers who have been there and a series of progressive and creative psychological exercises, professional counselor Kelly L. Stone shows you how to:

  • Make writing a daily priority
  • Maintain enthusiasm, motivation, and dedication for your long-term writing goals
  • Overcome your fear of failure and gain confidence in your writing abilities
  • Identify yourself as a "writer" instead of someone who casually sits down to write

Each interactive exercise serves as a mental workout and helps you train your brain for writing success. You'll find a comprehensive program to reverse negative writing habits and move forward as a goal-oriented writer.

This book also includes an instructive CD so you can put the techniques described in the book into practice right away--and make writing something you look forward to as much as your morning coffee!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440506246
  • Publisher: Adams Media
  • Publication date: 9/18/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 929,520
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly L. Stone has been using the power of her subconscious mind to keep her writing for thirty years. A licensed professional counselor, Stone's psychological techniques have helped her write and successfully publish Time to Write, Living Write, and a number of short stories.

R. Michael Stone, MS has worked as a counselor developing subconscious communication and programming techniques for more than thirty-three years. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows discussing the subconscious and how to use it for self-improvement. He received his MS from Auburn University.

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Table of Contents

How to Become a Writer xi

Part i Inviting Writing into Your Daily Life

Chapter 1 The Power of Daily Writing 3

Chapter 2 Your Writer Self-Image 19

Chapter 3 Your Vision of Success Plus 31

Chapter 4 Reaching Your Milestones 45

Chapter 5 The "I" in Image Is You 55

Part ii Developing a Writer's Mind-Set

Chapter 6 Overcoming Self-Doubt 65

Chapter 7 Mirror Techniques 77

Chapter 8 Role-Modeling 85

Chapter 9 Image Incorporation 99

Chapter 10 Acting As If 109

Chapter 11 Key Writer Self-Image Words 125

Chapter 12 Your Writer Self-Image Script 137

Chapter 13 Positive Self-Talk 147

Part iii Deepen Your Writing

Chapter 14 Your Writing Counselors 161

Chapter 15 Slowly but Surely: Gradual Exposure 171

Chapter 16 Twenty-One Day Program 185

Afterword: Your Living Write Toolbox 193

Appendix: Author Biographies 195

Bibliography 199

Index 201

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

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    Using The Power of the Subconscious Mind To Bring Writing Into Your Daily Life

    Living Write by Kelly L. Stone is a unique addition to the category of writing how-to books, focusing more on the writing life itself than the actual crafting of sentences, character development, and plot. Living Write follows Stone's Thinking Write, a book that focuses on methods of tapping into the powerful subconscious mind to get ideas and inspiration for writing projects. Living Write is based in the many of the same psychological theories but focuses more on motivation and establishing a writing life.

    Core to the concepts in Living Write is the thought around making writing a part of the writer's daily life. The most important message in the book? Writers write. Done. The first part of the book establishes this precedent and then moves on to help potential writers rid themselves of some of the blocks that may be hurdles to their writing careers. Stone explains how to establish a positive writer self-image and design a vision of success plan with goals and milestones along the way.

    The second section of Living Write provides some valuable tools for overcoming doubt and fear. Stone describes how to use other writers as role models for the reader's own success, not carbon-copying the successful author, but rather instill in yourself some of the character traits that helped the author achieve success. Many of the concepts in Living Write follow the "fake it 'til you make it" mentality, and this is where Living Write loses some of its credibility. Stone is a firm believer in the power of affirmations, and there is no doubt that these are proven techniques. However, it seems counterproductive to stand in front of a mirror and lie to yourself, telling yourself, "I am a best-selling writer," or "I am a published author," when that is not the case. I would rather see more realistic affirmations such as, "I will be a published author." What Stone seems to be condoning are lies, used to trick the reader into feeling a false sense of success when, in fact, the work has not yet been done to achieve that success. I am not sure how that would motivate anyone.

    Similar to Thinking Write, Stone delves into some interesting techniques used to tap into the subconscious mind in the third section of the book. While I am a firm believer in the power of the subconscious mind and have found great success using some of the techniques in Thinking Write to generate ideas, again, it feels as though Stone is teaching her readers how to trick themselves into believing they are writers.

    The reality is that writers write, and that message is repeated throughout the book. However, writing should be fun. If it is so difficult some people to see themselves as writers, and if they need to lie to themselves and trick themselves by using psychological techniques, perhaps they should seek out another calling. Maybe they just aren't meant to write.

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

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    Valuable Information for Writers

    Kelly L. Stone delivers on the promise she makes in the title. She imparts her knowledge as a counselor and an author to advise aspiring writers on the act of daily writing. Kelly encourages writers to explore their vision and reach milestones while overcoming self-doubt. Readers learn what is possible as well as how to achieve it.

    Whether you are a published author or a novice writer, there are tools in Living Write that will appeal to your level of development. Kelly also shows writers what self-sabotaging systems to throw out of the tool box! Instead, techniques to improve the traits of a successful writer are introduced, such as "role-modeling" and "image incorporation."

    Living Write is not an editing or grammar guide, nor does it contain writing prompts and brain teasers. What it does offer is a thorough examination of a writer's mind set, and methods to implement the positive traits into the act of daily writing.

    Living Write is a must-read for anyone searching for the secret to successful writing. It includes a CD with guided meditations and daily exercises for writers. Other books in Kelly L. Stone's series are Time to Write: No Excuses, No Distractions, No More Blank Pages and Thinking Write: The Secret to Freeing Your Creative Mind.

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