The Way of the Fearless Writer: Mindful Wisdom for a Flourishing Writing Life

St. Martin’s Essentials. Jul. 2023. 272p. ISBN 9781250892133. pap. $19. COMM
Award-winning entrepreneur and author Kempton (Wabi Sabi) speaks writer to writer in this mindful approach to the writing life, based on Buddhist thought; on this journey of discovery and wonder, her tone will make them feel as though she’s a friend and coconspirator in the creative process. The author found her path toward fearless writing by letting go of Western constructs of the writing process and embracing concepts based on the sacredness of Buddhism and an understanding of Japanese culture, which inspired the structure of the book. Each section begins with what she calls a “journey note” or free-form essay, followed by practical steps and exercises for unlocking those creative gates. Some of Kempton’s suggestions focus on lifestyle (eat well, spend time in nature, meditate), which emphasizes her integrative approach to writing as a whole-body activity. This work showcases that creativity is as much about experiencing life as it is about putting pen to page.
VERDICT Readers and writers comfortable with the style and tone of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way will be drawn to this book.
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