Self-help, creativity, personal growth, writing prompts, journalling, personal transformation
Date Published: January 28, 2021
Publisher: North Spirit Publishers
Have you always longed to express your innermost thoughts in writing but thought it impossible because you’re not a writer? Do you wish you could quiet the voice in your head, lose the self-doubt, and write to your heart’s content? What if you could let go of limiting beliefs, build a joyful daily writing practice, and discover your authentic voice and your authentic life?
Freedom is closer than you think. Freedom to write and rewrite your life. Freedom to write yourself happy, clear, and free. Seven minutes at a time.
7 Minutes to Freedom offers a roadmap for writers and nonwriters to find their voice, embrace their creativity, and radically transform their writing and their life. It is a practical guide to summoning your courage, writing through challenges to create a dream life, boosting your creativity, gaining insight, and improving your relationship with yourself and your writing,
This book is written for experienced writers, novice writers, nonwriters, those burnt out by the creative process, and those who have struggled to share their thoughts, ideas, and voice. It is meant for anyone interested in self-discovery, creativity, and deep spiritual insight.
With one hundred simple and powerful seven-minute writing meditations to use as guideposts to creative freedom, this book will help you rediscover the joy of writing, build new daily habits, and embrace the freedom that comes with knowing you can write and live without fear.
Use the powerful meditations in this book to learn exactly how to:
- Overcome writer’s block and develop your authentic voice
- Quiet your inner critic and build a joyful daily writing practice
- Abandon limiting beliefs and self-judgment
- Unlock your creative potential
- Reconnect to parts of yourself you’ve neglected
- Cultivate gratitude and focus, and change the course of your life
- And so much more!
If you’re ready to make powerful discoveries about yourself and improve your writing life forever, the writing meditations in this book are the perfect tools to help you find your way to writing and living without fear. Get your copy today to discover just how far freedom, clarity, and inspiration can take you!
What was your main drive to write this book?
Since I was thirteen, writing has been my friend and teacher, my tool for self-exploration and self-honesty. I’ve used it religiously to support myself, to make sense of my world, and to shed light on my habits, thoughts, and feelings. When I spoke to other writers, I noticed that their relationship with their writing and themselves wasn’t too different from mine. We were struggling with the same unhelpful beliefs that were adding stress to the otherwise beautiful ocean of words and feelings.
I wanted to shout from the mountaintop that writing can be enjoyable, hoping others might discover the beauty and the joy of a healthy writing practice. To invite people to use writing as a form of flying, I started putting together workshops and retreats, and people responded positively to my prompts, always asking for more, and so the idea for this book was born.
What do you hope readers will learn by reading this book?
This book is an invitation to dive deep into yourself and discover what no one else can discover for you. I hope that readers might get to know themselves, their writing, thoughts and feelings, beliefs and emotions better. My wish is for them to accept their own unique way of writing and let go of the fears that separate them from freedom of creative expression. I hope this book helps every writer become more courageous, authentic, and kind to themselves.
Did you do much research when planning this book?
Yes. Sifting through thirty-three years of my writing experience allowed me to notice what was helpful and what was not. Sharing my insights in my writing groups and retreats inspired other writers to share their unique writing process with me and others. This exchange has enriched my practice and this book.
Writing is a powerful practice that can help us hone the quality of attention we bring to anything we attend to in our art and our life.
Did you have any main people who helped you in the process of this book or influenced you to write it?
Yes. All my writing sisters who sat and wrote with me for hours, my students who trusted the ideas I was sharing, and my many writing teachers who helped me liberate my own process through the challenges I faced and the most vicious of them all—self-doubt. Although we never met in person, I’m forever grateful to Julia Cameron, Bonni Goldberg, Natalie Goldberg, SARK, Peter Elbow, James Pennebaker, and Susan Zimmerman. They explored their own writing process and through their books, they invited me to do the same—playfully and with great care and focus on healing.
How long did this book take you to write from initial thought to hitting publish?
Some of the first prompts were written ten years ago. But for the past seven years, I’ve been gently gathering my drafts and notes with the intention of creating a book. It was a slow and organic process, and I tried to interfere as little as possible and instead let the book show me what it wanted to become.
Do you have plans to write more about this topic or new topics?
Yes. I just can’t help myself! 🙈 Two weeks after finishing this book, I wrote a 10-page booklet—5 Easy Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block and Start Writing Today! You can download it for free from my website.
I started working on my next three books at the same time. One is a children’s book written 20 years ago. It scares me a little bit, but I’m trying to breathe new life into it. The next one is a book of poetry. I’ve been writing poetry since I was thirteen and never published it. The final book is intended for doctoral students writing their dissertation. I’m a writing and dissertation coach, and it hurts me so much when after years of writing and researching, students give up because they choose to believe their inner critic. It’s the same critical voice that tries to steal the joy and inspiration from every writer, and I’m here to share how to deal with it once and for all.
About The Author
Her passion is helping writers become more courageous, authentic, and kind to themselves. Through individual coaching, writing groups, and writing retreats, she has helped hundreds of writers to break through blocks and find inspiration, a more authentic voice, and a greater freedom in their writing and their life. Her doctoral research also focused on the intricacies of the writing process, exploring the relationship among the poetic, the feminine, and the sacred.
She lives in Toronto, Canada, and when she is not writing or meditating, she loves to play tennis, practice yoga, or sit by the water and cloud watch for hours. In her own writing practice, spanning three decades, she discovered that beliefs we have about our writing are not different from the beliefs we have about ourselves, so a new way of writing often translates into a new way of living. What was impossible becomes probable and even likely when we learn to write and live without fear.
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