You Should Be Writing: A Journal of Inspiration & Instruction to Keep Your Pen Moving (Gift for Writers)
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About the Author
Nita Sweeney's articles, essays, and poems have appeared in Buddhist America, Dog World, Dog Fancy, Writer's Journal, Country Living, Pitkin Review, Spring Street, WNBA-SF blog, and in several newspapers and newsletters. She writes the blog, BumGlue and publishes the monthly email, Write Now Newsletter. Her memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink, was short-listed for the 2018 William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Award. Nita earned a journalism degree from The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, a law degree from The Ohio State University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. For ten years, she studied with and assisted best-selling author Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones) at weeklong writing workshops teaching the "rules of writing practice" and leading participants in sitting and walking meditation. Goldberg authorized Nita to teach "writing practice" and Nita has taught for nearly twenty years. When she's not writing and teaching, Nita runs. She has completed three full marathons, twenty-six half marathons (in eighteen states), and more than sixty shorter races. Nita lives in central Ohio with her husband and biggest fan, Ed, and her yellow Labrador running partner, Scarlet (aka #ninetyninepercentgooddog).
Becca Anderson comes from a long line of preachers and teachers from Ohio and Kentucky. The teacher's side of her family led her to become a women's studies scholar and the author of The Book of Awesome Women. An avid collector of meditations, prayers and blessings, she helps run a "Gratitude and Grace Circle"' which meets at homes, churches and bookstores monthly in the San Francisco-Bay Area where she currently resides. Becca Anderson credits her spiritual practice with helping her recover from cancer and wants to share this with anyone who is facing difficulty in their life.
Author of Think Happy to Stay Happy and Every Day Thankful, Becca Anderson shares her inspirational writings and suggested acts of kindness at https: //thedailyinspoblog.wordpress.com/
She also blogs about Awesome Women, like those in her book Badass Affirmations, at https: //theblogofawesomewomen.wordpress.com/
"I observed that Nita would have inspired many readers through her books. 'I can't think of the person reading my books when I write. I have a coaster: Dance like no-one can see you. I need one that says: Write like no-one is reading. When I edit, I think about the reader but not when I'm writing.' I commented on that inner critic who sits on our shoulder when we write. We have to learn how to silence them so the writing can flow. Nita worked as an assistant to bestselling author of Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg, for many years and took several of her classes. The writing practice Natalie teaches is to set a timer and just write. Natalie Goldberg talks about the Guardians at the Gate. She visited a Zen monastery in Japan. Huge, grotesque statues stood at the gates. Natalie says that your inner critic is like the guardians. They roar, 'How much do you want this? What are you prepared to risk?' Our inner critic is trying to protect us. Nita says that she has a guardian on one shoulder and a little cheerleader with pom-poms on the other, chanting, 'You can do this, Nita!' The guardian is louder with its roar but they both want the best for her. I asked how she makes her peace between those two voices. 'I often think the guardian/inner critic is trying to keep me safe. So, I just think: I know you are trying to protect me, but it's okay I have a plan. Let's just see where it goes. You just have to keep moving. It's like writing. The inner critic is yammering away at you, but you just have to keep your hand moving along the page. So long as you are writing, the inner critic won't catch you.' This is why Natalie Goldman uses periods of time for writing. You keep your hand writing, no matter what. That's the key. If you don't acknowledge the inner critic, it starts screaming. So, it's important to acknowledge it calmly."
-Deborah Klee, author and host of The Mindful Writer podcast